The aim of Connect:Katowice is to create a discourse between the artist, the space and the audience, and survey the balance between what is outwardly-facing and what we keep to ourselves. The project will evolve via a British-Polish exchange, collaboration and display, involving two British-based and a Polish curators’ intercession. The experimental nature of the project is aimed to reflect the interconnection of the roles of artists and curators coming from very different backgrounds.
A series of 1-2-1 artist partnerships will be established, starting with the presentation of the thirteen British artists’ work by the curators in February 2016. Soon after, Polish colleagues will individually propose to work with one of the British artists put forward, in turn making a similar demonstration. In March/April 2016, the British-Polish curating team will digest the possible connections and match the 26 individuals into pairs or even larger collaborative groups.
April 2016 will witness the beginning of the “Connections” and all parties of the project being given the opportunity to question the foundational role of perception in understanding their own worlds and the worlds of others. Following the 6-8 month linkage period of artist meetings, conversations and building of connections/work, with the guidance of the British-Polish curating trio, the discoveries will come together as a collective art exhibition in November 2016. This introductory exhibition will then be followed by a wider community arts festival planned for June 2017, that will be displayed throughout Katowice, with the Rondo Gallery existing as the epicentre.