Video recordings from the Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person conference. The event examines the ways artists have engaged with and socially transformed institutional structures, and formally challenges the government to address the role and relevance of the artist ‘as incidental person’.

Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person – Part 1: Introduction

A video recording from the conference Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person held at Tate Britain with an introduction from director Stephen Deuchar.

Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person – Part 2: Barbara Steveni

A video recording from the conference Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person held at Tate Britain with speaker Barbara Steveni.

Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person – Part 3: Nicholas Tresilian

A video recording from the conference Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person held at Tate Britain with speaker Nicholas Tresilian.

Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person – Part 4: John Latham

A video recording from the conference Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person held at Tate Britain with John Latham.

Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person – Part 5: Tessa Jowell MP

A video recording from the conference Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person held at Tate Britain with Tessa Jowell MP

Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person – Part 6: panel discussion

A video recording of a panel discussion from the conference Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person.

In the 1970s, the Artist Placement Group (APG) set the stage for artists to produce radical political and social interventions in the UK and abroad. To celebrate the acquisition of the APG’s records by Tate Archive, artists, government and the private sector are invited to explore its legacy. 

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell MP, historian Nicholas Tresilian, artists Barbara Steveni, John Latham, Ian Breakwell, Stuart Brisley and David Hall have been invited, along with current practitioners, Kathrin Böhm, Andreas Lang, Platform and Barnaby Drabble.

In collaboration with O+I

Supported by Arts Council England