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Everyday objects & actions in contemporary art

Sat 25 July - Sun 18 October

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Roelof Louw, Soul CityCopyright: Roelof Louw. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery

Artists have been using everyday objects in their work for over 100 years, turning banal objects into works of art either in their original state or in adapted forms.

This playful approach to contemporary art can also be extended to the quintessential everyday object: the human body; an object that we all own and can be used to initiate, create and facilitate creative expression. By working with everyday objects and the human body in this way, artists offer viewers accessible and identifiable ways to engage with contemporary practice.

Via a collection of renowned visual artists including Bruce Nauman, Martin Creed and Gavin Turk, this exhibition will present artworks in an engaging and imaginative way, allowing visitors to interact and contribute to the fabric of the exhibition through selected works while offering further activities and inspiration for families of all ages.


Created by Siobhan Davies and dance artist Helka Kaski

17 - 18 October | 11am - 4pm 

Kaski performs Manual within ExtraORDINARY: Everyday objects & actions in contemporary art, an exhibition which celebrates ‘art in the everyday’ through the work of international contemporary artists who use banal objects or deceptively simple actions to turn the everyday into art. 

‘Placing Manual in an exhibition of modern art works...only added to our appreciation of how beautiful and clever the human body really is.’ The Scotsman

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