Factory Outlet: This Artist is Deeply Dangerous – Bob and Roberta Smith

Gallery Three Artist in Residence

Residency: 22 February 2009 – 21 February 2010

Exhibition Launch: Friday 6 November, from 7pm with performances by The Ken Ardley Playboys, The Apathy Band, Leigh Clarke, Boycott Coca-Cola Experience, The Fucks and Resonance Radio Orchestra.

For more information about the exhibition, click here.

Listen to Bob & Roberta read Let’s do something or ‘we must do something’.

As recession bites, Bob & Roberta Smith are making the most of the spacious Beaconsfield premises, turning the former Ragged School into a prolific site of production over one whole year.

Beaconsfield is currently inviting the public to view Bob and Roberta Smith’s work in progress ‘This Artist is Deeply Dangerous’. The work takes inspiration from Tennis Correspondent of the Guardian, Steve Bierley’s remarkable article on the artist Louise Bourgeois.

This 11 meter long work is the most complex painting Bob and Roberta Smith has done to date. People can see Bob and Roberta Smith working on the painting in Gallery One until August, when it will travel to the Edinburgh Festival. The painting will then return to Beaconsfield to be shown in Bob’s Factory Outlet exhibition in Autumn 2009.

Bob says:

“The work could be called ‘One Song to the Tune of another’ – let me explain – in the manner of the popular Radio 4 programme ‘I’m sorry I haven’t a clue’, last summer, the Guardian sent its Art’s writers to review sports events and its sports writers to review Art events. Among the results was this amazingly frank analysis of the differences between art and sport by tennis correspondent Steve Bierley. Oddly one visitor to Beaconsfield last week was Jeremy Hardy who once sang Teenage Kicks to the tune of Jerusalem during an edition of ‘I’m sorry I haven’t a clue’.”

Bob and Roberta Smith believe the activity of art is the important thing. Art is not simply about objects or Artists. “There should be no Artists just people making Art.”


Click here to download Bob and Roberta Smith’s essay Let’s do something or ‘we must do something’

This is the first in the Beaconsfield series Phase, which turns the spotlight on mid-career artists with whom the organisation has had a significant past relationship.