How did we get here? Where do we go now?’ – Simon Roberts’ Thought-Provoking Exhibition in Chester

  1. ‘How did we get here? / Where do we go now?’ is a free exhibition that runs from May 20th to June 30th, open every Wednesday-Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm at the former H&M store in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Chester, UK. It is funded by Arts Council England and commissioned by Chester Visual Arts.
  2. The exhibition features the latest works of Simon Roberts, a visual artist known for his striking tableaux images that comment on prevalent social and economic issues. The works showcased span 15 years of Roberts’s career, exploring identity, belonging, and the complex relationship between history, place, and culture.
  3. The exhibition is composed of two parts. The first part, ‘How did we get here?’ showcases various photographic and video works from Roberts’s career. The second part, ‘Where do we go now?’ allows visitors to participate in workshops and open sessions and respond creatively to current social issues, culminating in a new artwork (The Public Gallery) that will develop over the exhibition’s course.
  4. The exhibition aims to encourage open discussion about the role of the British High Street and the future use of urban spaces. Roberts hopes that the exhibition, along with the public’s intervention, will act as a catalyst for conversations about social and political issues faced in daily life.
  5. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience a thought-provoking exhibition and attract art lovers from the region and the UK, while also bringing art to an audience who might not typically step into a museum or gallery setting. The exhibition promises to be an unmissable event for art lovers and anyone interested in exploring the current state of society, contributing to the public art piece, and gaining a fresh perspective on the world we live in.

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