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Adel Abidin, Emily Jacir, João Onofre, Superflex, Pilvi Takala, John Wood and Paul Harrison

Wed 9 Jan – Sat 9 Mar 2013

From school to adulthood, we spend a huge amount of our lives in the workplace. In it, life-long friendships and romances are formed; it provides the arena in which power games and gender politics are played out at a macro and micro level; it is the setting for innovation and life-changing research as well as mind-numbing repetition and ennui.

This exhibition explores the workplace through contemporary art as a universal experience, one which cuts across political and geographical boundaries as well as distinctions between types of industry, including the production of art. Through film works selected from across the globe by leading contemporary artists, this exhibition explores the frustration and alienation of a contemporary workforce removed from the true seats of power, but also the often humorous strategies for survival and expressions of individualism that prevail.

During Workplace, the Mead Gallery is encouraging visitors to use the gallery as their own workplace, to have working (and non-working) lunches in there and to make use of desks and meeting spaces that may be booked in advance for free. This is a unique opportunity to become part of the art and escape your own workplace for a while.

Use our online reservation system to book a desk or meeting space.The desk space can be booked for one or more 2 hour periods; the meeting space is bookable for one or more 4 hour periods. Click to book the Meeting Space or the Desk Space. Alternatively, call or visit the Mead Gallery in Warwick Arts Centre (Opening hours 12-9pm, Mon-Sat. T: 024 7652 2589). Before booking, please read the Meeting Space Guidelines, which can be downloaded by clicking on the icon to the right of the screen.

If you are planning to visit the exhibition with a school group, Teachers’ Resource Notes are available to help you plan your trip. To download these notes, please click on the icon to the right of the screen.