Object Worlds - Project and Exhibition

OBJECT WORLDS: PROJECT AND EXHIBITION from Making Waves member Rob Van Beek

OPENING EVENT 2 – 5 p.m. Saturday 27th APRIL 2013

Harrington Mill Studios
First Floor
Turret H
Leopold Street
Long Eaton

This is a project and exhibition about objects and making, rather than an exhibition OF art. (I suppose some artworks have gained honorary admittance - as objects).

This project falls within the tradition of artists and designers reflections on objects, making and constructing worlds.

I think there are some interesting, surprising and even beautiful things in it.

You can probably bring the kids without them getting too bored but equally if you're writing a Phd about objects there will be lots to engage with.


Harrington Mills is close to the centre of Long Eaton.
From the Market Place roundabout follow Derby Road.
Leopold Street is the second street on the left.

Continue down Leopold Street for 100m. The studios are in the large mill building on your left. Parking available.

Regular buses and trains from Nottingham and Derby.

There will be tea, coffee, real cake and juice.

There is an OBJECT WORLDS: PROJECT AND EXHIBITION Community Page on Facebook. This page shows photographs by Sookyoung Huh of objects from the project and posts (fairly random!) quotes from the exhibition captions by Rob Van Beek.


3 p.m. Sunday 28TH APRIL 2013

This discussion is part the 'Object Worlds Project and Exhibition'

It aims to do three things: first, to fill in some of the background to the Object Worlds project. Second, to be an opportunity to answer questions about the exhibition. Third, to create some dialogue.

About the participants:

ROB VAN BEEK was a fine art student at Trent Polytechnic and was involved with the Art & Language group’s ‘SCHOOL’ project. "I've tried to keep a critical distance from educational institutions and organised contemporary art since leaving college - but I've not always succeeded. I identify with things like ‘my city’ or ‘everyday life’ more than with any organisation or profession."

PETER SMITH studied Fine Art at Coventry (when Art & Language were active there) and the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. Until recently he taught at the University of West London. His research interests include William Morris, the Situationists and photography in art.

The Object Worlds project is about objects, making and thinking. Rob Van Beek:

"I have always been aware of the institutional and social gulf between making and thinking. It was there in one form when I was a school kid and it was there in another form when I was an art student in the 'heyday' of conceptualism."

"In the Object Worlds project I try to sort-out a relation between objects, making and thinking that works for me. (I’m aware what works for me won’t necessarily work for everyone!) The project is both quite concrete - with lots of objects and materials - and quite abstract - with the same handful of simple powerful ideas used over again.”

"The project reflects my auto-didacticism – my self-education – as many ex-art student's work does."

"I think there is also lot of fun and curiosity at the root of this project - a strong link with childhood, informal learning and early experience."

On Sunday 28th April the Object Worlds exhibition is open from 2p.m . and closes at 5 p.m.


Other opening times:

The exhibition is open from 2 - 5 p.m. on the 4th and 5th May.

The exhibition is also open from 2 - 5 p.m. on the 11th and 12th May.

The exhibition is can also be viewed by arrangement - please contact Rob Van Beek at beekart55@gmail.com

Posted on 17/04/2013 by Rob Van Beek / MS


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