The Rural Assembly: Day 1

Whitechapel Gallery

  • Wapke-Zvizzchi (2)

    Goatmilk, Zvizzchi 2012 © Wapke Feenstra, Myvillages

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Fri 21 Jun, 11.30am – 6pm

Zilkha Auditorium

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Panels and seminars on themes ranging from embedded artistic practice in the rural, translocal networks, decolonising the rural and rural representations. Featuring artists Fernando Garcia-Dory, Richard Saxton (M12 Studio), Studio Morison, Grace Ndiritu, Rhine Bernadino, Katerina Seda and Myvillages; curators Fulya Erdemci, Katya Garcia-Anton and Adam Sutherland, alongside researchers Pelin Tan, Michael Woods, Bige Orer, Rosemary Shirley and Nicola Bishop.

The Rural Assembly draws on a series of public programmes and research that developed throughout 2018. It looks at contemporary artists and creative practitioners who are challenging the assumptions made about rural life and culture, providing a new vision of the countryside grounded in everyday experience and a critique of the rural-urban binary.

This culminating assembly considers how artists respond to the established and imposed divides between the rural and the urban. From re-imagined farming practices and food systems to architecture, community projects and transnational local networks, this three-day assembly brings together artists, curators, historians and critics to discuss the role of art in a rural context, inviting a critical outlook at our relationships with the rural today.


Ticket Information
  • You must book a ticket for each individual date of the assembly if you want to attend the full programme.
  • Don’t forget to include a booking for the coach option for the day at Wysing if you require this service.
  • In early June, you will be sent a link for session registration, to secure your place on the limited capacity sessions, such as walks and seminars. This is at no additional cost.
keynote Wu Mali by Rich Matheson 2

Keynote Lecture: Wu Mali

Thu 20 Jun, 7pm

A leading practitioner of socially engaged art in rural areas. For over thirty years Wu Mali has developed a distinctive approach to working with communities across Taiwan.


The Rural Assembly Day 2: Wysing Arts Centre

Sat 22 Jun, 11am – 7pm

With a focus on artistic practice and experience in the rural, the second day provides a slower pace with walks, a collective lunch and performances, screenings and seminars.

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