What is Social Art? social change before aesthetics

Following the initial summit of the Social Art Network (SAN) in Sheffield November 2018, and a meeting at Tate Exchange 25 April 2019, Social Art is becoming a “thing”. Today, Artists’ Newsletter (AN) published an attempt at defining ‘what is social art?” (rules of engagement illustration below, link to original here). During the opening of Spectre of the Real exhibition, Russell Honeyman claimed Social Art is art defined firstly by social engagment, and then by its aesthetic or reflective qualities – rather than the aesthetics-first criteria of the “Art World”. This is reflected in the AN rules, below, which say: “Be clear that social change is the aim; art is the tool”

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