Hayward Gallery Makes Way For Wide Open School

Artists Include three Turner Prize winners, Antony Gormley, Martin Creed and Susan Philipsz

The Hayward Gallery is being transformed into Wide Open School, for one month. The school will have a programme devised and fuelled by the imaginations of more than 80 leading artists from over 40 different countries.  It will be the first time that a public gallery has undertaken a project on this scale. Anything but a traditional art school, it will be a wide-ranging forum where artists choose a subject they are passionately interested in and lead seminars, workshops, collaborative projects, lectures and performances. Wide Open School will create an energetic atmosphere for exchanging ideas, so that all participants gain a direct experience of different ways of thinking, questioning and solving problems. Artists Include three Turner Prize winners, Antony Gormley, Martin Creed and Susan Philipsz. Events scheduled are Cao Fei hosting an evening based on a cultural gathering from the Six Dynasties era in China (16 and 17 June); Susan Hiller assembling and studying dreams relating to recent political, social and economic events (16 and 17 June); two sessions with Susan Philipsz exploring how sounds can trigger memory and redefine a place (7 and 8 July); a demonstration about art and sushi with Shimabuku and Daisuke Hayashi (1 July); and Gillian Wearing leading a class exploring Method acting (30 June and 1 July).  As part of Wide Open School, artist Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics, a drop-in centre for classes, demonstrations, seminars and workshops related to LGBT homemaking, inspired by the 19th-century development of home economics, will open.  Housed in a 6m diameter all-weather geodesic dome tent on the rooftop terrace of the Hayward Gallery it will be open from 11 June and then open daily Tues to Sunday until 11 July, 10am – 8pm daily. £10 per day

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