Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract

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Psalms, 1998, Donald Rodney

Launching Venice Agendas 2017, DACS hosts an exhibition exploring the idea of the contract from different perspectives: the contract between artist and audience, artist and institution, nation states, and the individual and society at large.

At a time of significant social and political turbulence in the world, the obligations - explicit or implied - which we have towards each other are being called into question, re-negotiated and re-written. 'The Contract' presents works that challenge the contractual agreements which we take for granted, recalls others which we need to remember, and provokes discussion about the nature of our obligations.

The exhibition includes artworks by Keith Arnatt, Hollis Frampton, Hew Locke, Donald Rodney, Monica Ross and Carey Young and is curated by Gilane Tawadros.

Private view 

Wednesday 3 May 2017, 5.30pm - 8pm


4 - 26 May 2017, 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Due to the nature of the exhibition, please book your visit in advance via our Billetto page.

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About DACS

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About Venice Agendas

Venice Agendas was developed by Bill Furlong and Mel Gooding and has featured at every Venice Biennial since 1999. Since 2011, workinprogress (Clare Fitzpatrick and Terry Smith) has continued the series of topical, intelligent and informative discussions, talks, debates and events. Mel and Bill along with Vittorio Urbani of Nuova Icona continue to support and mentor the project.

About Venice Agendas 2017

'Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract' is produced by workinprogress in collaboration with DACS, theartistsagency, Turner Contemporary, SHAPE Arts, the Creative Foundation and Nuova Icona. The media partners are FAD Magazine and Clocktower Radio NY. The project is financially supported by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and The National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Image: Psalms, 1998, Donald Rodney © The Estate of Donald Rodney. Courtesy of 2017.