Drop in for freshly produced coffee with artist John Freyer in a week-long conversation as he creates space for dialogue about addiction and recovery. Working in collaboration with the Tate Roastery and with participants in recovery, John and VCUarts will be producing 'Recovery Roast' for Tate Exchange which you are invited to drop by and enjoy. You may be in long-term recovery yourself; or a parent or loved one who is grieving the loss of a son, daughter or friend to addiction; you may work with people with addiction – or you may just want to find out more.
You are also invited to join us for the premiere of a new choral work composed by Pete Wyer and performed by the All UK Recovery Choir led by Lee-ann Gardner.
Fifty/Fifty will be open for you to drop in from Tuesday 26 June – Sunday 1 July. Check back here for the full events programme.
This event is programmed by John Freyer for Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, a Tate Exchange Associate.
About Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
VCUarts is pleased to develop John Freyer’s Fifty/Fifty project for the Tate Exchange program. VCUarts is the top-ranked public art school in the U.S. and offers degree programs across the visual and performing arts and design. VCUarts is housed within a major urban research university that has been recognized for its community-engaged research. Encouraging intellectual inquiry in and through the creative fields, VCUarts fosters rich, interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, designers, health practitioners, and more.
About John Freyer
John Freyer is the first U.S.-based Associate from the the newest Tate Exchange partner, the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Freyer’s work offers a unique opportunity to engage people in recovery with broader publics, emphasizing creative expression as means of assisting in the recovery process and reducing the social stigma and isolation associated with individuals struggling with addiction. It also revives the simple yet meaningful practice of face-to-face dialogue ‒ a growing rarity in an increasingly technologically mediated world.