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Join a discussion with artist Jeremy Hutchison and curator Emily Pethick, director of The Showroom London, about the role of the user in art and design.

More than about products, contemporary designers and artists think about the social process that evolves through the design of objects and spaces. Since the 1950s, experiments with open-ended forms and adaptable designs re-imagined the user as an active participant in the designed environment. For the first event in the Art and Design Talks Series, artist Jeremy Hutchison discusses with curator Emily Pethick, director of The Showroom London, the role of the user in art and design. Jeremy Hutchison is currently working on a commission for Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, managed by Willis Newson.

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The talk is supported by the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Above and Beyond.  

Emily Pethick has been the director of The Showroom, London, since 2008. During her tenure she has been initiating an ongoing programme of local participation work as well as producing numerous acclaimed artist commissions. From 2005 to 2008 she was the director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and from 2003 to 2004 she was curator at Cubitt, London.

Jeremy Hutchison graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art. His work plunges a disruptive logic into the smooth mechanisms of industrial production and consumer ideology. For a recent exhibition, Hutchison transformed Paradise Row gallery into the boutique of a dysfunctional luxury brand. His work has exhibited internationally, including shows at the Zabludowicz Collection and Southbank Centre in London, Grand Union Birmingham, and Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden, Germany. He recently completed a commission for RADAR, Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme.