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Sharon Bennett is a socially engaged artist. Often working collaboratively, her work looks at the relationship between artist, artwork and audience. Often the traditional boundaries of these positions are blurred by her highly collaborative practice.


Bennett has on-going projects that she returns to over very long periods of time. One such project is her Learning Project, where since 2010 she has asked family, friends and acquaintances to teach her something. The results of each piece differ and the interactions can be as short as five minutes or as long as a year. Who is the audience and who is the artist/maker of the work are questions that seem irrelevant or pointless with respect to Bennett’s activities. She is certainly an artist however she continually questions what the label and role of  ‘artist’ means to her and generally for all of us in this time and contemporary culture.


Bennett is co-founder of Croshare – a participatory project that uses crochet as a catalyst for the creation of temporary pop-up community happenings. She is a founding member of The Women’s Art Activation System (WAAS). She is also a member of Critical Practice, a cluster of artists, researchers and academics supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.


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