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Grace Ndiritu: The Ark

  • Sat, 06 Jul 2019 - Sun, 13 Oct 2019
  • 12.00 AM

6 July – 13 October 2019

Following exhibitions in 2010 and 2017, Grace Ndiritu returns to Bluecoat with a new exhibition drawing on her 2017 research and live art project, The Ark: Center For Interdisciplinary Experimentation which took place at Les Laboratories Aubervilliers, Paris.

Ndiritu’s living experiment drew on the artist’s own experiences of living in New Age communities. Scientists, artists, gardeners, economists, a chef and spiritual workers joined the artist for anintensive, intimate 9-day experience where they focused on radical new ways of thinking about art, science, spirituality and politics, in order to suggest possible solutions to the problems of the 21st century.

To encourage creativity, vulnerability and reflection, The Ark had no audience for the first six days but went public during the final weekend with performances, film screenings, a party and academic round table.

At Bluecoat, Ndiritu opens her research to the public, sharing archival materials generated from The Ark, including a publication made with the participants, alongside protest placards and animal costumes produced for a street parade. Also sharing wider research into spiritual communities, farming, permaculture and ecology, she aims to start a dialogue, suggesting we look to broader perspectives in order to resolve contemporary global issues.

Exhibition Launch 

Fri 5 Jul | 6-9pm 

Hear from the artists, explore the exhibitions for the first time and enjoy a drink in our bar. 

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The Ark Reading Group 

Sat 6 Jul | 1pm 

Grace Ndiritu leads this discussion on the intersections of 1960s hippie counter culture and radical left activism.

Free, booking required 

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Exhibtion Tour

Sat 20 Jul | 2pm 

Join our Head of Programme Adam Smythe and our Assistant Curator Amrita Dhallu for a tour of Leviathan and The Ark

Free, booking required

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More about Grace Ndiritu

Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan artist who, in her work, refers to issues of re-activating 'the dying art space' as a space for sharing, participation and ethics i.e. Healing The Museum - as well as to problems connected with transformation of contemporary world including, in particular, the impact of globalisation and aggressive geopolitics.  

Ndiritu took the radical decision in 2012 only to spend time in the city when necessary, and to otherwise live in rural, alternative and often spiritual communities while expanding her research into nomadic lifestyles and training in esoteric studies such as shamanism, which she began over 16 years ago. Her research so far has taken her to both Thai and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, permaculture communities in New Zealand, forest tree dwellers in Argentina, neo-tribal festivals such the 'Burning Man' in Nevada, a Hare Krishna ashram and the 'Findhorn' New Age community in Scotland. Her research into community life has so far resulted in the founding of The Ark: Center For Interdisciplinary Experimentation.

Ndiritu has been included in the group exhibition In the Peaceful Dome at Bluecoat in 2017 and her work was also selected by Sonia Boyce for inclusion in her exhibition Like Love at Bluecoat in 2010. In 2018 Ndiritu launched COVERSLUT© a new ‘Pay What You Can’ fashion label focused on democracy & class struggle, that involves working with refugees and migrants.


Click here to see more from The Ark in our online gallery.



Image credit: Grace Ndiritu, The Ark, Installation View, Bluecoat, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rob Battersby.

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