People United, in collaboration with Turner Contemporary, commissioned artist Maria Amidu to explore how art can help people think deeply about their values, morality and the way they live their lives.
Maria also investigated the role of the gallery as a meeting point, engaging with visitors, artworks and artefacts at Turner’s exhibition Curiosity: Art, Wonder and the Pleasures of Knowing.
An exhibition draws many different people, yet little dialogue goes on between strangers when they are looking at works in a show…Some common interest – values, curiosity or wonder has brought a disparate group into a public space, yet most often everyone leaves having no notion of what they may share with the people they have spent an hour or more with. Maria Amidu, Artist
Through the conversations she revealed and connected visitors’ common values, creating a dialogic artwork and limited edition book titled a moment of your time.
I’m curious about many things and learning more about values through Maria Amidu’s residency has been this year’s highlight. I learnt more about the show and myself through the residency and really began to ‘experience’ participatory programming for the first time. Mrs Riley, a visitor to Turner Contemporary