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Ania Bas

Ania Bas delivered the first commission to take place as part of the Market Town project, which took place from June to October 2015. Her interest was centred on the exchange of skills and knowledge that are not necessarily commercially sustainable and valued, and exploring the place and value of practical skills, hands on work, sharing, and co-working in the contemporary culture and daily life of market towns.

The primary bulk of her commission, which was entitled Show Me How, took the form of a series of practical making sessions on a range of subjects. It created paid opportunities for local makers to share their skills directly with the local community in a hands-on manner, and covered such skills as pottery, crochet, woodwork, and silversmithing. A dedicated day of sessions specifically for families allowed them to try their hand at some of the same skills.

Throughout the commission participants, speakers, and workshop leaders were encouraged to discuss and explore the possibility of a culture of shared knowledge and resources. The practical making sessions was complemented by two discussion evening entitled ‘Why Run a Co-op?’ and ‘How to Run a Co-op?’ respectively, which featured speakers from national co-operatives to discuss the motivations and practical considerations behind their ventures.

Ania was kind enough to document her progress through the commission through a series of blog posts in which she shares her thoughts on the experience, her inspirations, and how she reached her particular interpretation of the Market Town brief. These warm and enlightening posts are a must-read for anyone wanting a deeper insight into the commission and into Ania’s processes as an artist.


Ania Bas is a co-founder of The Walking Reading Group on Participation, and was an Open School East associate in 2013/14. She has worked with a number of galleries including Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, ICA, and The New Art Gallery Walsall. Through her practice, she creates situations that support dialogue and exchange and question existing frameworks of participation. She is interested in the ways that narratives shape understanding, mythology and knowledge of places and people, and in supporting the exchange of skills and knowledge that are not necessarily commercially sustainable and valued.  Ania’s work is presented through text, events, walks, performances, useful objects and publications.

Dangerous Play archive image, Jubilee Arts Archive, The Black Country 2014.jpgConcept by Ania Bas, drawing by Amy Pennington; Co-learning, commissioned by WZB in Berlin, 2014.jpgAnia Bas, Yes, No and Other Options,Who cares, I care, Turner Contemporary, Margate 2014.jpgHidden sources of Knowledge amy pennginton and ania bas.jpgPX Story Ania Bas - 3.jpgThe Walking Reading Group developed by Lydia Ashman, Ania Bas, Simone Mair photo credit Saioa Olmo.jpgAnia Bas, Yes, No and Other Options, I know, Turner Contemporary, Margate 2014.jpg


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