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Exhibition, Fri 22 Sep - Fri 8 Dec 2017, free entry

Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Abu Hamdan

Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Abu Hamdan


Univeristy of Bradford,

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Fri 22 Sep - Fri 8 Dec Full Scale - Art’s Use in the Real World


Full Scale - Art’s Use in the Real World is an exhibition that draws together creative practices that aim to affect change at different scales; from the local to the global, the individual to the environmental, and the representational through to the social, economic and political. Case studies and examples of historical projects are displayed alongside live, ongoing activities, and an invitation to propose ‘useful art projects’ for the future.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s award-winning Rubber Coated Steel is a video tribunal where the artist’s techniques for visualizing sound frequencies are used to determine whether Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets or live ammunition at two unarmed teenagers in the occupied West Bank. As well as their enlightening ‘FAQ’s Austrian artist group WochenKlausur’s interventionist practice is represented by documentation of a project where they helped students to create affordable housing from vacant buildings.

The self-organised art school Islington Mill Art Academy display outcomes from their engagement with the Asociación de Arte Útil’s ‘useful art’ archive as part of an earlier residency in the gallery. Copies of Russian collective Chto Delat’s ‘reader on performative education’ from The School of Engaged Art are available to browse and take away.

Open arts collective Wur Bradford present a selection of recent, current and future projects that include a campaign against Street Harassment, Creative Resistance sessions, and a social history project for Bradford’s Oastler Market.

Together the works offer a chance to reflect upon practices that art critic Stephen Wright has described as being orientated towards ‘usership rather than spectatorship’ and ‘characterised more than anything else by their scale of operations: they operate on the 1:1 scale. They are not scaled-down models … (they) are both what they are, and propositions of what they are.’ Visitors are also invited to make proposals for their own useful art projects as part of the exhibition and accompanying workshops and discussion event.

Full Scale is curated by Andy Abbott - University of Bradford Producer Music and Visual Arts, and forms part of Gallery II’s development of a Centre for Socially Applied Arts with support from Arts Council England.

Cash PointDisabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 22 Sep - Fri 8 Dec 2017 11:00 to 17:00
Open Monday - Friday 11am - 5pm (Thursdays until 6pm). Friday 22nd Sept - Friday 8th Dec 2017. Launch Event Thursday 21st Sept 5 – 7pm


Free entry



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Map reference: SE 157328  Lat: 53.79127 Long: -1.76315

From central Bradford travel up Great Horton Road, past the College. The gallery is on the opposite side of the road to the Tree House Cafe. The gallery is located in the Chesham Building which faces the University Sports Centre. Disabled parking is available to the rear of the Sports Centre.

Free Parking with a permit available from the Richmond Atrium.

Parking: free


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)