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2 August 2013

As part of DAO’s Diverse Perspectives programme, funded by Arts Council England, artist Aidan Moesby was commissioned to make work for exhibition at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in response to a series of dialogues and conversations with the theatre staff. ‘Hang on, it’ll be okay’ responds to a period of organisational change within the organisation. His lighthouses, exhibited from 17 June - 1 July 2013 are a metaphor for the purpose of the arts as a beacon, there to guide and to create safe passage.

Aidan Moesby employs creative processes that are based around dialogues and conversations which may be spoken, observed or creative. His work is further informed through the imagery and rituals – repetitive and mundane - which we use to create and make sense of the everyday. Focused on memory and identity both from a cultural and personal viewpoint, he is fascinated by how we communicate and connect.

From a research-based approach to relationships between people and place - often through the distillation of intimate, concealed histories - he produces text based responsive interventions in which the works serve as the axis or catalyst for a personal or communal exploration through an internal or socially active and engaged conversation.

He is becoming increasingly interested in how we engage with spaces – the urban and natural - on a psychological level and the impact this has on our relationship to the world and each other.

‘Hang on, it’ll be okay’
‘Hang on, it’ll be okay’ is a response to being present in the West Yorkshire Playhouse through a period of organisational change. Some journeys and processes are more dangerous than others, but more so when the territory you are entering is unchartered.

We live on an island, prone to unpredictable currents and submerged rocks we have developed a network of lighthouses, or beacons, to guide those who pass through safely.

they won't say: the times were dark
Rather: why were their poets silent?
  Brecht, 1938

On my first visit to the Playhouse I was struck by the image of a ship cleft into the hillside, an image made more redolent as I wandered corridors and caught wafts of air that reminded me of my time in engine rooms.

The Playhouse had embarked on a journey of change and the era of austerity was beginning to hit. The dark times are upon us. I believe in such dark and difficult times we need a beacon. Culture is that beacon, shining out, guiding us on way, nurturing us as we go and leading us to a brighter day.

Except, that things are not as they may seem and I am reminded of Rosa Luxemburg  “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”

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