Martin Creed Centro Botín

Enrolment opens for Fundación Botín Visual Arts Workshop to be imparted by Martin Creed at the end of March

  • From 25 March through 5 April, the British artist and musician will direct the first Fundación Botín Visual Arts Workshop for 2019.
  • In the workshop, titled A New Work, a performance will be conceived to be included in the exhibition throughout its duration, and will be premiered at Centro Botín during the opening of the exhibition.
  • The call for applications closes on 17 February 2019. The artist will personally select the applicants to take part in the workshop.

Martin Creed, the British artist and musician who won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his Work No. 227 – The lights going on and off, will direct the next Fundación Botín Visual Arts Workshop in Santander from 25 March through 5 April. During the workshop which Creed is calling “A New Work”, a performance will be conceived to be included as an ongoing key element of his upcoming show at Centro Botín. To be premiered on 5 April at the exhibition opening, the performance will consist of a group of four musicians (two singers, a violinist and a guitarist) who will stroll around the exhibition space playing the new score created during the workshop.

Known for the use of all types of media in his creations, Creed’s performances prompt a rethinking of the very notion of art as an object as opposed to an artistic experience in real time. In consequence, one is always guaranteed discoveries and surprises when visiting an exhibition by this artist, who incorporates the time visitors spend in the space as an essential component of his creative work. Experimentation, uncertainty and irony play a major role in Creed’s practice, always predicated on the premise that all art comes from sentiment.

A maximum of fifteen classically-trained musicians (guitarists and violinists) and singers with a profound interest in Contemporary Art will be selected by Martin Creed himself to take part in this unique experience. The “A New Work” workshop proposes a two-week long shared experience in which participants from any part of the world will pool their creative know-how with the celebrated British artist, while at once developing their own personal project.

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