Something & Son (Andy Merritt and Paul Smyth) explores social and environmental issues via everyday scenarios criss-crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and activism. Through permanent installations, functional sculptures and public performance that build a communities and create new ecologies. We mimic the everyday to act as familiar starting point and then take the subject into new realms.
Previous projects have played with farm shops, restaurants, churches, shrines, bathhouses, jewellery stores, factories, fashion stores, recording studios and stock exchanges and used them as tools to encouraged audiences into understanding some of the biggest social and environmental issues of our time.
Highlights include a solo show A Common Ground at Tate Britain, a permanent project Ek-Bic Ye-Ic in Taksim Square born out of the Istanbul Design Biennial, taking part in the Ai WeiWei’s curated Gwangju Design Biennial in South Korea, FARM:shop their first project for local people that gain international attention from every continent, they are also the founders of the making/learning space Makerversity in Somerset House which has 350+ members. Projects have been selected for the New York Times Design Honor List, London Olympics Gifts of the Games and The Observers New Radicals.
Something & Son have exhibited and held projects at Tate Britain (2018); Tate Modern (2013), V&A Museum (2011/12/16); Manchester International Festival (2012, 2019); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2011); Artangel (2015), Milan Design Week (2012), Cultural Olympia (2012); Somerset House Trust (2013), Folkestone Art Triennial (2014), Design Museum (2019), Royal Botanical Gardens Kew (2015), the Wellcome Collection (2012) and Istanbul Design Biennial (2014).
They given have talks and workshops at the Serpentine Gallery, Kunst-Werke (Berlin), the Science Museum, SALT (Istanbul), Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (Zurich), CIT (Ireland) Design, Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Riga Technical University (Latvia), Design Indaba (Cape Town), British Council, ICA and the Barbican.
Current and past Something & Son team: Tracey Suen, Hazel Durrant, Abdul Elias, Farouk Agoro, Konstantina Panagiotidou, Chris Lumsden, Sam Collins, Anne Thomas, Simon Petty.