The Rural Assembly

Various locations, South East, United Kingdom

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 19:00 to Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 19:00

The Rural Assembly will take place at Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (20 & 21 June in London, 22 June at Wysing).

The Rural Assembly draws on a series of public programmes and research that developed throughout 2018. It looks at contemporary artists and creative practitioners who are challenging the assumptions made about rural life and culture, providing a new vision of the countryside grounded in everyday experience and a critique of the rural-urban binary.

This culminating assembly considers how artists respond to the established and imposed divides between the rural and the urban. From re-imagined farming practices and food systems to architecture, community projects and transnational local networks, this three-day assembly brings together artists, curators, historians and critics to discuss the role of art in a rural context, inviting a critical outlook at our relationships with the rural today.

The programme has been conceived in collaboration with partners the University of Aberystwyth, Istanbul Biennial, Manchester Metropolitan University, Myvillages and Wysing Arts Centre. 

Image credit: Myvillages, Farmers & Ranchers, Deer Trail USA, 2013. Photo: Wapke Feenstra


Wu Mali, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Richard Saxton (M12 Studio), Studio Morison, Grace Ndiritu, Katerina Seda, MyvillaIan Giles, Caroline Wendling, Jade Monserrat, Harold Offeh, Hansi Momodu-Gordon, Bureau d’Etudes, Grace Ndiritu, and Jatiwangi Art Factory. (United Kingdom)
United Kingdom
South East
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX
Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, CB23 2TX