The Talk
Playing in the city

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The 08th at 17:00

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Andrew Shoben Greyworld Artist

Andrew Shoben is the founder of Greyworld, a world renowned artists' collective who create art in public spaces. Primarily, Greyworld's work is about play, and allowing some form of creative expression in areas of the city where there is usually none. Greyworld has created works in some hugely coveted locations across the world, and they now have permanent installations in fourteen countries.  

In 2004 he launched The Source, a permanent installation for the London Stock Exchange which was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and was watched by millions everyday on television around the world. In 2010, they unveiled "Paint," an installation allowing phones to paint on the city. Commissioned by Nokia, it has recently been nominated Interactive artwork of the year by the Design Museum. Other artworks were also created for the Kopernicus centre in Warsaw and the Centralworld centre in Bangkok. In jan 2012, Greyworld launched "Trafalgar Sun," a giant installation for Trafalgar Square, London. Most recently, they launched Words, a sound artwork, in Perth, Australia.

Andrew is a regular contributor to television, radio and print, and lectures extensively around the world. Most recently he presented a show on BBC Radio 4 about public art.

After lecturing at the Royal College of Art for four years, he became Professor of Public Art at Goldsmiths University. 

Playing in the city

Greyworld create playful artworks in urban spaces, and have installations all over the world. Andrew will talk about a new approach to public art - moving away from the tired bronze statues and polished rocks that adorn our cities, towards a better way to interact with our world.

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