The Connect10 Vote: You choose where Bob & Roberta Smith goes for Museums at Night

| 06 February 2012
a photo of Bob and Roberta Smith at an event at the Barbican Courtesy Bob and Roberta Smith
Bob & Roberta Smith is the alias of Patrick Brill, the sign-painter, activist and installation artist who uses text on recycled signs and floorboards. He'll be heading to Leeds, Bradford or Eastbourne.





Voting is now closed. Find out where Bob & Roberta Smith will be appearing when we reveal the results of the Connect10 competition on March 7.




Towner, Eastbourne


Since opening in 2009, Eastbourne's impressive Towner gallery has established itself as one of the brightest new venues in the South-East. It was rewarded with a place on the Art Fund Prize longlist in 2010.

They say: "In Make Art not War, we want you to get creative with Bob & Roberta Smith, inspired by his iconic work and our collection.
 
From our shop window to industrial lift, you can fill the building with art and signs, with Smith offering ideas and a helping hand.
 
At night, Towner will become the first ever Museums at Nightclub. Smith’s Resonance radio show, interactive art and music will come together, ending in the ultimate display of unity – on the dancefloor."

Peace Museum, Bradford

The Peace Museum has been an international inspiration since opening in the centre of Bradford in 1994. Key exhibits from a collection of more than 5,000 objects have been loaned to Japanese, Canadian, South Korean and European venues.

They say: "As the UK's only peace museum, we feel the artist's work relates well to our collection and the idea that you can respond non-violently and with humour to important issues, using creative expression to get people to stand back and think.

The artist's use of slogans fits well with the issues that we raise around campaigning.

We hope participants can draw encouragement from the artists’ work and leave inspired to create their own artwork."


Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

Leeds Art Gallery was built in 1888 to celebrate Queen Victoria's 50 years on the throne, not long after Leeds obtained its city status. It holds a fantastic collection of 20th century art, as well as an Art Library.

They say: "In 2011, Bob and Roberta Smith made ‘This is General Gordon. I have Forgotten was There a Past’ in response to one of our paintings. We want to invite a group of young people to enjoy thinking, talking and making, inspired by 'riddles of history'.

A practical workshop among artworks will dig into the riddles in our collection and be great fun.

The night will celebrate how contemporary art can excite us about our world, encouraging everyone to voice opinions."



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