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You know you want to

Thu – Sat, 12 – 5pm

Preview 14 February, 5 – 8pm


“Come in and join us, we want to make it better. You’re going to like it, it’s going to feel so good. Let us take the weight, relax, enjoy it. We’re here for you, don’t be shy, we want to help. Together we could make such wonderful things. Go on, join us... you know you want to.”

You know you want to transforms the gallery into a public studio. Visitors to the space are invited to make with us on a series of public artworks displayed for the duration of the exhibition: a process of collective making in which everyone is welcome to take part. All materials are provided and no previous experience is needed, simply a requirement that visitors commit to action.

A series of drop-in workshops will run within the space introducing a wide range of skills that combine traditional analogue processes with digital technologies. Visitors can join in for just five minutes or make with us all day. The works will evolve over the course of the exhibition with every visitor contributing to the show and named as co-author. The gallery not as a space for contemplation, but rather as a social space of production.

The exhibition is a collaborative project between Northumbria University and Central Saint Martins. Rolina Block, Alex Schady, and Elizabeth Wright all work within the Art Programme at CSM. They have worked with students from Northumbria’s BA Fine Art programme and Abdullah Qureshi, lecturer in Fine Art at the university. The exhibition is part of Assemblage III: Community and Care, a series of gatherings on contemporary art organised by the Fine Art team.


Selected works

Alex Schady, 'Ball Games', performance with pupils of Copenhagen Primary School, London. Part of 'Unannounced Acts of Publicness', 2015

Casts of studio furniture shown with motion capture avatars making the hand movements used to produce the work. Workshop facilitated by Elizabeth Wright, Alex Schady and students from the Art Programme at Central Saint Martins, London, 2023

Alex Schady, 'Mirror Memories', 2019. Film made with Arts4Dementia participants with early onset dementia and their companions during lockdown in a set of online workshops designed and delivered by staff and students from the Art Programme at Central Saint Martins, London.