Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living

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'Problem Display Boards for Inside An Ocean', 1979

© the artist

'Sorting Out Other People’s Lives (detail Panel 4)', 1978

© the artist. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery

Photograph of a Problem display from 'Inside An Ocean', 1979

The archive of the artist

'The Place of Work', 1979

© the artist. Collection of mima, purchased with assistance from the


The socially engaging work of this conceptual artist that redefined the terrain and purpose of British art in the ‘60s and 70s with his projects about working and living enviornments, has been receiving renewed interest of late. This archive exhibition in the Pat Matthews Gallery focuses on Willats’s show at the Whitechapel in 1979, which included work with the residents of Ocean Estate in Tower Hamlets, then Europe's largest scoial housing scheme.

See also two other Stephen Willats exhibitions currently on view at Raven Row and Victoria Miro.

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