A Public Class: Radical Pub Crawl
Thursday 22 April 2021
The Ignorant Art School, Sit-in Curriculum #1
Line up your drinks and come on a virtual pub crawl through time and space. Exploring the radical past and potential of the public house, artist Ruth Ewan will take you to ‘The Goths’ of Scotland’s east coast with writer Henry Bell, followed by Sylvia Pankhurst’s ‘The Mothers’ Arms’ in east London. The pub crawl will finish up at Dundee’s Tay Bridge Bar where we will meet Frida Kahlo and take part in a pub quiz with prizes hosted by artist Yara El-Sherbini.
Participants may choose to join with a 'Pub Crawl Only' ticket, or please indicate if you intend to stay for the Pub Quiz by booking a 'Pub Crawl and Pub Quiz ticket'.
Henry Bell is a writer living on the Southside of Glasgow. His biography of the revolutionary red Clydesider John Maclean was published by Pluto in 2018 and his latest poetry pamphlet, Inner Circle, comes out this year.
Yara El-Sherbini uses humour and play to create artworks that probe ‘how we know what we know’. Her work strives to open up who engages with socially and politically engaged art and how, using popular culture and a lightness of touch, her practice becomes more accessible to a wider public. For the past 16 years, El-Sherbini has hosted pub quizzes, which operate as a site for debate and dialogue around the idea of knowledge production. El-Sherbini regularly shows work nationally and internationally, most recently, a solo exhibition Forms of Regulation and Control, CUE Art Foundation, New York, 2020. She is part of artist duo YARA + DAVINA; their work Arrivals + Departures opened at Somerset House in September 2020 and is touring internationally in 2021. yaraelsherbini.com
Ruth Ewan is an internationally celebrated artist whose research-led and critically engaged practice has drawn attention within contemporary art and socio-political history. Engaging with the circulation of radical ideas and social movements, her work explores the processes by which ideas take form and spread from individuals to society.
Ewan’s work is recognised internationally and she has shown extensively at major venues including; Edinburgh Art Festival (2018 & 2020); Pitzhanger Gallery (2020); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2019); CAPC, Bordeux (2019); Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris (2019); Victoria and Albert Museum (2018); 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London (2015); Tate Britain (2009 & 2014); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Glasgow International (2012); Dundee Contemporary Arts and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla (2011); The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2010); the New Museum, New York (2009). She has realised projects for The High Line, New York (2019); Glasgow Women’s Library (2018); Create, London (2012); Art on the Underground (2011); Frieze Projects (2009) and Artangel (2007&2013). In 2016 she was awarded the Arts Foundation Yoma Sasburg Award for Art in Urban Space. ruthewan.com
The Ignorant Art School at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Henry Moore Foundation.