As part of British Art Show 9 (BAS9) in Manchester, a group of local creative people worked to make change in their city. The Art Agents worked with BAS9 ’s art, people, spaces and resources to explore questions inspired by BAS9 ’s cultural framework: ‘Whose voice can be heard? Who is able to act? Who gains from such actions, and who bears the costs?’
The Art Agents were recruited in spring 2022 and developed their projects working closely with one of Manchester’s BAS9 venues – Manchester Art Gallery, the Whitworth, HOME and Castlefield Gallery. The Art Agents were also supported with design and consultancy work from Office of Craig.
Each Art Agent led a project that they proposed and developed, building skills and relationships to realise their ideas. The programme provided paid employment, with the ambition that they will be offered opportunities to work within the cultural sector beyond BAS9.