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Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia

Date uploaded: February 26, 2014

Foreground; a commissioning organisation established to develop contemporary arts projects in the South West of England, announce the launch of Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia, Saturday 22nd March, 3-6pm in Frome town centre. Featuring new art works made especially for Frome by leading British artists Simon & Tom Bloor, Peter Liversidge and Ruth Proctor.

Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia builds on Foreground’s interest in curatorial models centred around innovative participatory and distribution structures designed to bring critically acclaimed contemporary practice to new and diverse audiences.  "The project explores how we can make ordinary life and the places we live in that little bit more special, and how incrementally personal action can change communities and commonly held ideas."

The commissions range from physical interventions in the urban fabric of the town to conceptual proposals, from the discrete to the spectacular. They include Simon & Tom Bloor's new temporary public sculptures that combine public seating, noticeboards and play structures to create new social spaces in underused parts of the town, to Ruth Proctor’s new motto for Frome which will manifest itself like a political campaign in the town: as button badges, on social media, in local papers and even flown in the skies above the town on specific days. Sitting somewhere between the conceptual and the physical, the fantastical and the realisable, Peter Liversidge’s eccentric book of Proposals for Frome – ideas for social events, architectural alterations, artworks and performances specially created for the town – will be published for the launch and specific proposals realised over the course of the project, subtly making the ordinary more extraordinary.

For more information please click here.

Planning to travel from London for the event - a coach has been organised from LONDON - FROME for £15 per head.

Saturday 22 March
Outward: Depart Tate Britain 11am arrive Frome 2.30pm
Return: Depart Rook Lane, Frome at 6.30pm arrive Tate Britain 9.30pm
Tickets are £15 and available to purchase via Eventbrite click here.