Looking forward to looking

Cover of The radical, the reactionary and the Canterbury Society of Arts 1880 - 1996On the weekend of the 13th and 14th of February 2016 the Centre of Contemporary Art will re-open in its beautiful ’60s modernist building on Gloucester Street.

Recently Paula Orrell, the new curator of CoCA, gave a talk about what we might see when the doors open to the public for the first time in five years.

Art galleries are places for the curious and there will be plenty to satisfy that curiosity if Orrell’s previous work in the United Kingdom is any indication.

She’s worked with Lucy OrtaSteven ClaydonMatthew Day JacksonEva and Franco Mattes and the starriest of the art stars, Marina Abramovic. Then there are projects like The River Tamar Project.

There will be lots of community involvement at the new CoCA and there will be all kinds of art forms related to the visual arts; film, installation and performance. “Will there still be flat work and sculptural work?” came a nervous question from the audience.

Yes, there will. In fact there will be quite a lot of sculptural work in the opening show, but beyond that Orrell wasn’t giving anything away. We’ll just have to wait and see.

View of Gloucester Street including COCA
View of Gloucester Street including CoCA’s roof [2014]. Flickr 2014-02-21-IMG_2193
In the meantime, listen to Paula Orrell talk about her vision for CoCA.

Swot up on the the history and legacy of the Canterbury Society of Arts in Warren Feeney‘s book The Radical, The Reactionary and the Canterbury Society of Arts 1880 – 1996.

And get ready to see art inside an art gallery in 2016.

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