The European Public Art Centre - EPAC
EPAC is a collaborative engagement between organisations across Europe focusing relations between art, science and society. It consists of eight outdoor exhibition spaces established in participating countries that include Latvia, Great Britain, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, Estonia and Poland.
Its primary aims are to: (1) establish the first public art centre in Europe and create permanent physical exhibition spaces in European countries, (2) foster interdisciplinary contemporary culture and particularly collaboration between art and science, (3) create experimental visual art projects in public spaces that seek innovative solutions for breaking down elitism in artistic and cultural spaces through openness and accessibility, (4) involve passive segments of society in cultural processes and (5) the integration of Europe's cultures. The specially designed three-dimensional and 2 meters high stands are capable of withstanding environmental pressures and are equipped for exhibiting artworks. Currently, the stands are installed in public spaces hosting artworks as part of establishing the first ever Europe-wide contemporary art venue.As the UK representative, award-winning artist, Anne Brodie, presented her artwork,'BEE BOX', for the first time on 1st September 2011 on Bishop's Square, Spitalfields, London, UK. The BEE BOX offers a poetic reflection on the fragility of bee communities. BEE BOX is currently on show in Helsinki during the second phase of the EPAC programme, which involves a rotation of artworks between participating countries. Following Brodie's exhibition, Portugal's representation, António Caramelo will present his artwork DREAMING OF A BUTTERFLY in London, UK.
After a first degree in Biology, Anne Brodie completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in 2003. Working experimentally with hot glass, film and photography, she jointly won the international Bombay Sapphire prize for design and innovation with a short film, 'Roker Breakfast' in 2005. A pivotal shift in her working practice occurred after 2006 when Anne was awarded the British Antarctic Survey/Arts Council Artists and Writers fellowship to Antarctica where she lived and worked at isolated scientific bases for nearly three months. Often working at the boundaries between science and art, her current work explores questions of ownership and the decision-making processes involved in what constitutes 'valid data', usually the preserve of scientists.
In 2009 Anne was awarded a Wellcome trust arts award for a collaborative project exploring bacterial bioluminescence and its external relationship with the human body. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, at venues which include the V&A museum, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The Old Operating Theatre museum, and the Maison de European photographie, Paris.
BEE BOX 2011
A swarm of bees going nowhere, pollinating nothing.
Bee societies face many of the problems faced by human society, including maintaining public health, organising efficient information and transport systems and maintaining harmony in the group. This new work relates to the increasing tensions in both societies and questions what happens when the harmony is brought under threat.
Anne Brodie, 2011
Bee suppliers: Andy Abrahams, Bee Keeper and Oyster grower, Island of Colonsay, Argyll , Catherine M. Jones, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London and Tim Burke.
Bee assistants: Angela Hedges, Gillian Ede, Jac Gardner, Robert Woods, Simon Woods, Jennifer Woods, Nick Woods, Dee Smith and Carolyn Stowell.