The ever-provocative artist Bob and Roberta Smith is stirring things up in east London at London Metropolitan University’s The Cass with a new immersive exhibition called Arts Emergency Response Centre. Timed to coincide with the run up to the general election to place the spotlight firmly on the challenges facing the arts – funding, privilege and class – the exhibition is a collaboration with a new charity, Arts Emergency, which aims to help low-income teenagers get into university and art school. Political it may be, but the exhibition is far from dry. Arrive and you’ll enter a ‘hospital ward’ where an Arts Emergency Pharmacist will write you a prescription to do, see or make something. After this you pass into the ‘waiting room’, where you engage with works that consider the role of art in society today. They’ll also be a series of ‘clinics’ run by arts organisations dotted throughout the show where you can learn about their work advocating the arts. Radio 4’s Start the Week noted recently that 50% fewer people are choosing creative or arts degrees since the coalition. What better way to show your support than get involved?
Arts Emergency Response Centre runs from the 13 April – 2 May at The Cass Bank Gallery, London.