The Maitland Institute is changing perspectives on how audiences engage with art

 

The Maitland Institute is changing perspectives on how audiences engage with art

Design Indaba | 25 August 2017

Emily Uys

 

The arts are a reflection of the time in which they exist. The work of musicians, designers and artists question society and deliberate the human condition. But what of the way that art is presented to the public? An artwork’s philosophical or emotional impetus aside, what meaning is lost or gained in the presentation itself? 

One of the more common ways to experience art is through the conventional art gallery. But, the conventional model, where the distance between artist and public is unmistakable, is quickly evolving. One of the spaces bridging this distance is Cape Town’s Maitland Institute

 

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Ungluing a window on Siopis's mind

 

Ungluing a window on Siopis's mind

Mail and Guardian | 4 August 2017

Olga Speakes

 

As you walk through the large roll-up doors into the airy, hangar-like space of the Maitland Institute, leaving the noisy hustle of the street behind, the sensation is like plunging underwater in a massive reservoir. The scale of the room heightens one’s awareness of the physical limits of the body; its muffled echoes provide an invisible shield from the outside world. A mechanical pulley hovering close to the ceiling recalls the former industrial purpose of the building. This is the setting for Penny Siopis’s Open Form/Open Studio.

 

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The Maitland Institute: Cape Town’s new space ‘dedicated to art and ideas’

The Maitland Institute: Cape Town’s new space ‘dedicated to art and ideas’

Between 10 and 5 | 28 June 2017

Gabriella Pinto

 

The Maitland Institute is run by Tammi Glick, a director at Daleglen Property Group. At a cafe on Long Street, Tammi makes it clear that she’s not a curator but a facilitator of Maitland Institute – a new non-profit art space that was once a casings factory. This title, she says, allows freedom and fluidity when it comes to deciding how the large industrial space is navigated by the artists and audience.

 

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Siopis profile:
Academic exploration of formless art

Artist’s Profile: Penny Siopis At the “Meat Factory”, Maitland Institute

Cape Times: Arts Portal | 21 May 2017

Danny Shorkend

 

I was fortunate to meet with her at her current studio space to discuss her rationale and emotive expression that typify these paintings. There is a triptych that is triumphantly enormous, yet fits within the massive studio, a journey into a scale the artist is not accustomed to. Yet she embraces it and in turn it embraces her.

 

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