Stephen Willats

Person to Person, People to People

The work of British conceptual artist Stephen Willats primarily addresses the role of the artist and the opportunities to effect social transformation.

Since the early 1960s Willats has made socially engaged, multi-media art projects in areas and communities as diverse as tennis clubs, housing estates, tower blocks, art galleries and nightclubs.

Working with small groups of volunteers, Willats encourages participants to look at their surroundings in a different way, capturing their environments through text, sound, photography and film.

This book marks the most comprehensive exhibition of work by Stephen Willats in over ten years. It includes a conversation between the artist and Michael Stanley, and brings together a range of recent projects and documents the newly commissioned work Person to Person, People to People, the result of a 12 month engagement with the people of the Netherfield estate, Milton Keynes.

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