A NEW exhibition is looking for opinionated members of the public to critique art from the comfort of their sofas - like in the TV show Gogglebox.

Brighton and Hove residents are being sought for the new project at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.

It is part of a collaboration with artist Amartey Golding, whose Bring Me to Heal exhibition is coming to the centre in November.

Made to accompany the exhibition, the Is It Crap? series will be available both online and in the gallery space.

The series aims to flip art criticism on its head by asking everyday "non art going" people a simple question: "Is it crap?"

The idea for the series was born from the hit show Gogglebox and What Do Artists Do All Day?

According to London contemporary art commissioning agency and production company Forma, only half of the British public currently engage with art institutions.

The series wants to know what happens when the other half come face to face with contemporary art and tell what they really think.

Golding's show combines filmmaking, photography and a handcrafted garment to highlight generational trauma in Britain and offer collective rituals of healing.

Laura McDermott, creative director at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts said: “We're after enthusiastic, opinionated people to be filmed reacting to contemporary art from the comfort of their own living rooms.

"We want honest 'no holds barred' reactions and opinions. We need groups from the same household or friends with no art education preferably.”

Golding’s Bring Me to Heal will be presented at the art centre, from November 17 to 27.

The exhibition is presented by Forma Arts & Media and is commissioned in collaboration with 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Tramway and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

How you can apply for Is it crap?:

  • All participants need to live in or around Brighton and have access to a laptop or tablet as this project will take place digitally.
  • To apply send your name, email address and mobile number to Jenny at jon@forma.org.uk with “application to Is It Crap?” in the subject.
  • You will then be sent an email with a video attached and will need to film yourselves answering and reacting to it. Camera phones, laptops or tablets can be used.

All applications must be sent by October 27, participants will be paid £100 per group and £30 for food and snacks. The candidates selected to take part in the project will be filmed in late October to early November.

Further shoot details will be disclosed once the final cast has been selected. Successful candidates will be filmed in a Covid safe way, in the comfort of their own home for a few hours one evening.

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