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Hull School of Art & Design presents an Art Party: Bob & Roberta Smith and The Apathy Band

Bob and Roberta Smith (real name Patrick Brill OBE, RA) is a British contemporary artist, a lifelong protester, writer, author, musician, art education advocate and keynote speaker. He is known for his “slogan” art, is an associate professor at Sir John Cass Department of Art at London Metropolitan University and has been curator of public art projects, like Art U Need. In the 2015 general election, he stood against Michael Gove in his Surrey Heath constituency, in protest at the former education secretary’s marginalisation of the arts in schools.

Bob and Roberta Smith is famous for protest art such as “Make Art Not War” and “Letter to Michael Gove” amongst others. He was curator for the 2006 Peace Camp and created the 2013 Art Party to promote contemporary art and advocacy. His works have been exhibited and are in collections in Europe and the United States.

This live performance is part of This is a Freedom of Expression Centre – a Hull 2017 project with Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD) , running from 3 August – 3 September. This project also includes a large new public artwork, workshops, talks and a Bob and Roberta Smith exhibition at HSAD, in collaboration with staff and students.





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