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This Will Not Happen Without You is an exhibition drawn from the archive of North East visual arts agency Locus+, and documents some of the most compelling art projects, performances and events in Britain over the last thirty years.

Locus+ (1993-present) evolved from The Basement Group (1979-1983) and Projects UK (1984-1992), each acting as a catalyst for radical new work. This pioneering approach has profoundly influenced today’s landscape of art practice and its role in the public realm.

Beginning as a collective of six artists, programming twice weekly events in a basement in Newcastle upon Tyne, The Basement Group was both progressive and ambitious for its time. The organisation programmed performance, video art, installation, experimental film and sound works. Documentation from this period features early performances by leading practitioners in the UK and Europe, including Bruce McLean, Stuart Brisley, Mona Hatoum, Alistair MacLennan and Nan Hoover.

After several years of activity the organisation evolved into Projects UK, the first office-based visual arts organisation in the UK working with artists to develop site-specific events and temporary works. These include works by Rose English, Andre Stitt, Richard Wilson, Stefan Gec and Marina Abramović.

Locus+ (1993-) has since developed and expanded this role, commissioning a diverse spectrum of innovative, socially engaged, collaborative visual arts projects, across the country and beyond. Artists featured from this period include: Mark Wallinger, Anya Gallaccio, Simon Patterson, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Lawrence Paul Yuxwelupton, Layla Curtis and Chris Burden.

This Will Not Happen Without You features documentation of performances, projects and events, along with objects, ephemera, publications and artists’ proposals, spanning the history of the three organisations. The exhibition provides an insight into the processes and contexts through which each project was developed and realised, revealing a cross-section of practice that arose throughout a period of rapid cultural change in this country.


For further information, please contact Clara Raven  0191 222 6057
 0191 222 3454  clara.raven@ncl.ac.uk


Image Insert: The Basement Group & The Basement (John Kippin, Belinda Williams, Ken Gill, John Adams, Jon Bewley)
Copyright the artist/Locus+ Archive.
Notes to Editors

Funding
This Will Not Happen Without You is an Arts Council England touring exhibition, curated by Richard Grayson.

The Hatton Gallery is supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle University

Locus+ Archive
The Locus+ Archive (incorporating material from the Basement Group and Projects UK) consists of approximately 16,000 photographic images, and over 300 hours of raw and edited video material. The Locus+ Archive is housed at the University of Sunderland and is one of Europe\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s largest repositories of documentation of time-based work.

For further information about Locus+ and its archive, visit www.locusplus.org.uk or contact Matt Hearn 0191 233 1450, locusplus@newart.demon.co.uk.


Contacts
Clara Raven, Marketing Assistant, Hatton Gallery
0191 222 6057 clara.raven@ncl.ac.uk
Matt Hearn, Programme Assistant, Locus+
0191 233 1450, locusplus@newart.demon.co.uk.



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