Art historian Professor Richard Clay examines what utopian visions, in their many guises, say about our hopes, dreams and fears, and how they take us to the heart of what it means to be human. Delving into the colourful stories of the world’s great utopian dreamers, he explores why we strive towards this ‘better place’ - and what it is that so often frustrates us getting there. The show approaches a topic both culturally and politically relevant and makes important links between the mistakes of the past, and the dreams of the future.
Utopian visions start as blueprints for a fairer world and asks if they can lead to real change. He argues that such visions have been a way of criticising the present.
Utopia has been imagined in many different ways, but when people try to build it they very often fail. Can utopian visions reconcile the tension between the individual and the group? Rules and freedom?