CONNECT: Katowice-London

British artists: Paul Abbott, Marilyn Collins, Sarah Faulkner, Kelise Franclemont, Joseph Lichy, Regan O’Callaghan, Shadi Mahsa, Alex Roberts, Jonathan Slaughter, Laura Solomons, Louise Wheeler, Adam Zoltowski.

Polish artists: Mariusz Maslanka, Ewa Kozera, Magdalena Sierpinska, Karina Kaluza, Monika Mysiak, Wojtek Kazimierczak, Joanna Zdzienicka, Aga Piotrowska, Marcin Czarnopys, Agata Lezuch, Agata Szymanek, Daria Walusiak, Travel Agency Collective, Izabela Leska, Sybilla Skaluba, Anna Rakoczy, Monika Krason, Dagmara Jemioła-Hryniewicka.

Curators: Oksana Smirnova, Pawel Mendrek.


The Connect:LondonKatowice project’s aim is to create a discourse between the artist, the space and the audience, surveying the balance between what is outwardly-facing and what we keep to ourselves via a British-Polish exchange, collaboration and display. The experimental nature of the project is aimed to reflect the interconnection of the roles of artists and curators coming from very different backgrounds. A series of artists' partnerships (of recently graduate MA Chelsea College of Arts, UAL alumni with current Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice art students – ASP) already carefully created by the curators witnessed the beginning of the dialogue in August–November 2016 being given the opportunity to question the foundational

role of perception in understanding their own worlds and the worlds of others. This cross-

student, cross-graduate and community opportunity of exchange intends to open up further outreach and education avenues, offer discourse with far-ranging age groups from the elderly to teenagers, vulnerable or over-looked groups, and re-look at local heritage, ancestry, British-Polish past relationships and our present, common European concerns via a plethora of

interactions and broad creative means and results; from painting, graphics and performance to

digital methods.

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