Art of the party is to satirise plan by education minister

Art Party. Picture by Tony Bartholomew
Art Party. Picture by Tony Bartholomew

As this year’s crop of GSCE students learn their results, a film satirising the universally-unpopular - and now former - Education Minister, Michael Gove, will be shown.

Art Party, part documentary, part road-trip movie and part political fantasy, follows a protest movement en route to the 2013 Art Party Conference which questions Michael Gove’s proposal to remove art from the national curriculum.

The film ultimately asks: “How do you tell one man he’s got it wrong?”

The feature-length collaboration between artist Patrick Brill, aka Bob and Roberta Smith, and filmmaker Tim Newton, features a mix of performance, interviews with artists and imagined scenes.

It builds on Smith’s 2012 painting, Letter To Michael Gove, which argues passionately that art is fundamental to all creativity, productivity, and a child’s understanding and interpretation of the world.

The film, which also features music from Bedford band, The Grubby Mitts, is being shown on Thursday, August 21 - at The Pad, Lurke Street, Bedford, from 8pm.

Prior to the screening Bedford-based artist Mr X Stitch will lead a subversive needlework session, and guests are invited to stay after for a party by organisers Bedford Creative Arts.

Tickets are £5 on the door.