The Art Party! (2014)



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In 2011, artist Patrick Brill (known creatively as Bob and Roberta Smith) made waves in the art world with a letter to Michael Gove, an oversized painted-word response to the Education Secretary's proposed eradication of art from the British school syllabus. In his feature film Art Party, Smith builds on his 2011 protest with a mix of performance, interviews and imagined scenes, en route to the 2013 Art Party Conference, where he and other speakers championed the importance of art and its place in the education system. Part documentary, part road movie and part political fantasy, Art Party ultimately asks "how do you tell one man he's got it wrong?"


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The signs read 'Come to the Art Party' but only the party aspect of art is on show, and the students being lobbied for don't seem to have been invited.

Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Self-indulgent, amateurish and often out of tune -- enough to put you off art itself.

Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

A well-meaning but raggedy mishmash of agitprop, documentary and fantasy ...

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sweet and nutty and full of the courage of its artistic convictions.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

Clunking and ill-executed, this a piece of art that wouldn't even make Tony Hart's gallery.

Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Performance, satirical fantasy and a better class of banner mix under one message - that Gove's policies oppress kids' needs for self-exploration.

Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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