The Rural Assembly: Day 1

Whitechapel Gallery

  • Wapke-Zvizzchi (2)

    Goatmilk, Zvizzchi 2012 © Wapke Feenstra, Myvillages

Past Event

This event was on Fri 21 Jun, 11.30am – 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.