Inheritance Projects


Intentions - Strategies - Works


November 2013 - January 2014

Tate Liverpool

Intentions - Strategies - Works is a three-part invesigation that seeks to develop strategies for history making in relation to the histories of Left cultural production.

Working with artist Patrick Staff and researcher Ed Webb-Ingall, Inheritance Projects will convene a series of meetings at Tate Liverpool. These meetings will text place in the context of the exhibition Art Turning Left.

The first two meetings will invite undergraduate students studying Contemporary Art History in Manchester School of Art to work with the artists and explore strategies informed by the works in the exhibition.

In January the artists and participants will convene a public performance within the gallery. The performance will seek to reimagine the role of the audience within the context of Art Turning Left.

A script or agenda will map a flexible model for each session and be available to visitors to the exhibition throughout the programme.

The project working group are Hannah Bennett, Emily Blackburn, Laura Guy, Daisy Kidd, Olivia Pattison, Hannah Rowntree, Patrick Staff, Jasmin Saunders, Paula Statham, Lipmunn Tang, Ed Webb-Ingall and Olivia Wedderburn



18 January 2014, 3pm

4th Floor Galleries, Tate Liverpool

Intentions – Strategies – Works will evolve into a new performance. Emerging from the series of discussion and movement workshops convened in the Office of Useful Art, which explored the issues of creating chronologies or histories of Leftist cultural production in relation to the works in the exhibition alongside the conditions of their presentation within a public institution.

The performance will depart from a text co-authored by artist Patrick Staff and researchers Laura Guy and Ed Webb-Ingall and evolved in collaboration with Art History students from Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester School of Art. Figuring the gallery space as one of active engagement and participation, performers will present a series of peripatetic interventions throughout the exhibition.

Working together using speech and physical formations to elucidate links between radical histories and their archives and private intimacies and public exhibition, Intentions – Strategies - Works attempts to register intricacies inherent in the production of the works on display.

Art Turning Left

"Art Turning Left is the first exhibition to examine how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the French Revolution to the present day. Left-wing political values such as collectivism, equality and the search for alternative economies have continuously influenced the making of art and visual culture, from the way in which William Morris organised his production line to the deliberate anonymity of the designers of the Atelier Populaire posters in Paris 1968.

The direct involvement of visual artists in politics and the social and ethical values of left-wing politics can be traced to the French Revolution, when artists such as Jacques-Louis David granted permission for their artwork to be reproduced to support the Republican cause. Versions of David’s iconic image of The Death of Marat 1793–4, one of the most famous images of the Revolution will be an exhibition highlight.

Art Turning Left is a thematic exhibition, based on key concerns that span different historical periods and geographic locations. They range from equality in production and collective authorship to the question of how to merge art and life. The exhibition moves away from the political messages behind the works and claims about the ability of art to deliver political and social change, and instead focuses on the effect political values have had on the processes, aesthetics and display of artworks. The exhibition includes artists from across the globe including Marianne Brandt, Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, The Hackney Flashers, David Medalla, Tim Rollins and Iwao Yamawaki, and also examples of research from The Mass Observation Movement.

Programmed in parallel with Art Turning Left, Tate Liverpool will also present a display of archival material from Palle Nielsen’s social experiment The Model - A Model for a Qualitative Society 1968. The Danish artist converted the Moderna Museet in Stockholm into an adventure playground in order to observe children and present viewers with the opportunity to visualise a more equal society. The display will be the most comprehensive collection of material from the project including sound, documents and photographs."

Art Turning Left is curated by Lynn Wray in collaboration with Tate Liverpool.

Artist Biographies

Patrick Staff is an artist based in London who works with video, installation, performance and publishing. He frequently collaborates with other artists, dancers, historians and public participants. He was a Lux Associate Artist from 2010-11.

Ed Webb-Ingall holds a research position with the chair of drawing at Chelsea School of Art and Design. As a writer and filmmaker he explores collective filmmaking processes and their association to constructions of community.

Working with

Intentions – Strategies – Works is supported by the AHRC, Manchester Institute for Research in Art & Design and Manchester Metropolitan University.