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Wednesday 14 February 2018

Wednesday Talk: Ben Cain


The Wednesday Talks series presents leading artists, thinkers and curators who explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is a collaboration between the Whitworth and Manchester School of Art.


Ben Cain's work with sculpture, installation, video, print and performance poses questions of the viewer's role in cultural production and occasionally involves elements of audience participation. He often uses the form of the poster, either to complement his installations or as a work in its own right, to articulate a key theme, which he sees as 'addressing the reader as one who might belong to a potentially effective group, gently urging them to consider the implications of their status as a member of the public.' Cain was born in Leeds and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University in the late 1990s and completed his studies at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His work was seen last year in Manchester at the Castlefield Gallery's temporary space The Great Medical Disaster. He lives in London.

Image: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester (Alan Williams)