Discover contemporary American artist Ruth Asawa, life-long champion for the vital role art can play in society.

An artist, educator and activist, Ruth Asawa’s (1926-2013) inclusive practice was centred around the idea that art can enrich our lives and promote social good. She spent her long career calling for an inclusive vision of the role artist’s play in society, weaving education and community engagement into her own practice.

The artist herself lived in an internment camp at the start of the Second World War, where some 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated by the US government. Living under these extreme conditions whilst developing her artistic practice underpinned the ethos she worked by her whole life, that art is lifechanging and a positive force for change.

A series of Asawa’s prints, drawings, letters and photographs will be on display, plus a collection of her signature hanging sculptures in looped and tied wire. The title of the exhibition is inspired by how the artist identified herself as a ‘citizen of the universe’.

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