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Art at LSE: year of the artist

LSE is offering a unique opportunity for three professional artists, Cleo Broda, David Cross and Matthew Cornford, to carry out two School-based research residencies as part of the Art at LSE programme.

London Arts has awarded LSE a grant for the residencies as part of Year of the Artist, administered by the ten regional Arts Boards of England, and funded by the Arts Council of England through the national lottery. The scheme places 1,000 artists from all art forms in 1,000 unusual places including, in London, BBC Radio 4, and The Guardian newspaper, until May 2001.

Innovative artist, Cleo Broda, is in residency within LSE's Cities Programme. Broda's recent work has been concerned with the notion of the individual in the system and how human error or individual intent can personalise supposedly objective systems or planned environments.

David Cross and Matthew Cornford have worked in partnership for 12 years producing sculptural installations that critically engage with the social spaces in which they are located. Their work draws on land art, architecture and monumental civic sculpture, yet can be highly satirical. It sometimes refers tangentially to the economics of the market and is often highly research-based. Cornford and Cross will start their residency in STICERD (Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economic and Related Disciplines) and, unusually for them, have been briefed to produce a permanent piece of work following their residency.

The residencies are part of a broader Art at LSE programme, which will include permanent art commissions as well as temporary artworks, exhibitions and events at the School and reflect a growing trend for artists working in diverse contexts and locations away from traditional gallery spaces. This has increasingly meant artists working collaboratively with other disciplines: notably architecture and the natural sciences. To date, collaborations between artists and the social sciences have been less common. However, there is a surprising level of convergence in the range of current issues being researched through the social sciences and those of interest to artists, for example in the social impact of new communications technologies.

Ben Eastop, Art at LSE co-ordinator said: 'The aim is to allow the artists access to the wealth of academic research and educational practice at LSE and to exchange ideas with social science disciplines. In return, the residencies will be an opportunity for academics and staff at LSE to engage with the artists and benefit from the exchange of ideas and practice.'

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21 November 2000

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