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ROAM (West)

A new project that explores how contemporary art practice can be developed in the Western region of Dumfries and Galloway.

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Jack Ky Tan (2018). Four Legs Good: R -v- Marla the Staffie, performance, installation, live art, mixed media, video. A revival of the medieval animal trials at Leeds Town Hall; part of Compass Festival 2018. Photographer: Lizzie Coombes.
Jack Ky Tan (2018). Four Legs Good: R -v- Marla the Staffie, performance, installation, live art, mixed media, video. A revival of the medieval animal trials at Leeds Town Hall; part of Compass Festival 2018. Photographer: Lizzie Coombes.

ROAM (West) is a new project that explores how contemporary art practice can be developed in the Western region of Dumfries & Galloway.

Led by artist-curator Jack Ky Tan, ROAM (West) will investigate the potential for developing contemporary visual arts in Western Dumfries & Galloway, while also providing space and opportunity for practitioners to connect, exchange knowledge and exhibit alongside one another.

A small group of artists with a specific interest in contemporary arts practice will work alongside Jack to explore questions about how contemporary art can be made in a rural context, what is needed to support it, and whether there is an audience for it. The group will meet regularly between October 2022 and August 2023 to share their works-in-progress, exchange knowledge & experience, and partipate in group exhibitions & public engagement events.

Throughout the project, Jack will also be conducting research to explore the potential of developing contemporary rural art practice through writing, curating, consulting with other rural visual arts organisations, public programming, and reviewing policy or other literature.

ROAM (West) sits within a wider programme of activities that seek to investigate, explore and grow space for contemporary art and experimental projects in our rural region, considering new routes to engagement and reflexive models of evalutation. 

About the artist 

Jack Ky Tan is an artist who uses law, policy, social norms and customs as a medium of making art. He creates performances, sculpture and participatory projects that highlight the rules that guide human behaviour. In Jack’s social practice, he blurs the boundaries between art, governance and consultancy in order to help organisations reform and revise themselves using artistic thinking. Jack trained as a lawyer and worked in civil rights NGOs before becoming an artist. Jack’s practice-led PhD at Roehampton University explored legal aesthetics and performance art. He has taught sculpture at the Royal College of Art and University of Brighton, politics at Goldsmiths and theatre at Roehampton University. Jack’s recent and forthcoming work includes a yearlong artist’s residency on the Board of FACT Liverpool, curating an exhibition on island life for the Salisbury International Arts Festival, and constitutional development for Transmission Gallery in Glasgow. Jack is from Singapore and lives in The Machars, Wigtownshire. 

 

Project funded by Creative Scotland.

 

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