Context is Half the Work

A Partial History of
the Artist Placement Group

03 / 08 – 05 / 10 / 2016

Featuring work by Ian Breakwell, Roger Coward, Garth Evans, David Hall, John Latham, George Levantis, Barbara Steveni and others.

1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL, Scotland

The Artist Placement Group (APG) was founded in the UK in 1966. The group initiated and organised placements for artists within industry and public institutions, in which artists would develop ideas, research and projects in-situ. The APG intended to no longer confine artistic practices to the studio, but to extend the reach of the artist to commercial, industrial and government contexts. The slogan Context is Half the Work attests to this spatial and conceptual shift from the studio to organisations and institutions, from material works to information, to site-specific work, and to social relations. The exhibition presents six selected placements, with research material, artworks and a documentation of the APGs activities in the UK and Germany.

The exhibition will culminate in a symposium entitled Working in contradictions: Open Brief and Incidental Person revisited, which will address and discuss the APG’s central concepts in relation to current debates and practices surrounding artistic work in various contexts.

George Levantis, Ocean Fleets Ltd., 1974-75 © George Levantis

Programme Archive


12 / 09 / 2015 17.00 h

APG in the UK and Germany
Guided Tour and Q&A with APG artists


22 / 10 / 2015 19.00 h

APG Artists Take on Television
Lecture and video-screening with producer Anna Ridley


31 / 10 / 2015 17.00 h

Exhibition tour  (german, with Ulrike Jordan)


06 / 11 / 2015
07 / 11 / 2015

Working in contradictions: Open Brief and Incidental Person revisited

Panel discussion “Kunst als soziale Strategie in Organisationen”, Museum Moderner Kunst, Palais Liechtenstein, Wien, 1979, Courtesy Rolf Sachsse & Ros Sachsse-Schadt.

Exhibition in Berlin:

12 / 9 – 8 / 11 / 2015

With works by Ian Breakwell, Roger Coward, Garth Evans, John Latham, George Levantis, Barbara Steveni a.o.

at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien

Context is Half the Work —
A Partial History of the Artist Placement Group

Curated by

Naomi Hennig and Ulrike Jordan

In dialogue with

Barbara Steveni


Janna Graham, Kerstin Meyer, Carmen Mörsch, Alexandra Waligorski

Symposium curated by

Janna Graham and Carmen Mörsch


Funded by

Ausstellungsfonds Kommunale Galerien

With the kind support of

Goethe Institut

In Association with


Symposium kindly supported by

Montag Stiftung Kunst und Gesellschaft, Bonn

Media partner



Graphic Design

Daniela Weirich

Website Design and Development

Martin Wecke

Exhibition Design

Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik

APG logo based on an original design by John Latham, used with permission.


Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2
D-10997 Berlin


contact: contextishalfthework (at) gmail (dot) com