Perhaps, it’s time for artists to learn from the COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups that are self-organising and self-seeding across the UK and the globe? Imagine if artists set up local Artists’ Mutual Aid groups to support each other through these difficult times; to begin setting out ways of speaking to power with coherent voices; to start using art to demand radical changes to the way we work and live together.

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This is the transcript of a 4 minute talk I did as the first of The Parallel State ’s RANT series. You can listen to the podcast here .

Remember what is was like to be sung to sleep?

 

Remember what is was like to be sung to sleep. If you are fortunate, the memory will be more recent than childhood.

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mUCH MORE THAN MAKING DO

 

I wrote this article for Super Slow Way, the Creative People and Places programme in Pennine Lancashire. I’m their critical friend. This is a reflection on where Super Slow Way are now and where I think they’re going.

Here’s the opening paragraph:

‘Creative People and Places has shackled itself to a notion of “place” as an area on a map.

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DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

 

This is a revised version of Duty Now for the Future an article commissioned by Collecteurs NY to help launch its SUBSTANCE 100 initiative . The original article was written before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the UK , Europe and the USA. Duty Now for the Future 2.0 is a call for everyone in the art world to finally wake up to our responsibilities in a world there can be no going back to the crass inequity of our lives before Corona virus.

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This is a transcript of my keynote at the British Textile Biennial which took place on 1st November 2019. I performed the keynote to a film. I’ve included some of the videos featured. The Doves’ songs were played in full, the others only extracts. I’ve also included an audio recording that you can listen to here .READ MORE

This is a personal call for solidarity and collective support at this time of darkness and disarray. We are stronger together. Can we come together?

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Dante running from the three beasts , William Blake (between 1824 and 1827). Dante running from the three beasts , William Blake (between 1824 and 1827).

Dante running from the three beasts, William Blake (between 1824 and 1827).

WE NEED A MOVEMENT OF CULTURAL MOVEMENTS NOW!

Our cultures are nothing without their communities and groups and collectives, their ideas and creativity and passionate pride, and, most importantly, the people who make our cultures: everyone, every day.… READ MORE

I visited Super Slow Way in June and July this year. This blog post reflects those visits and begins to pose a question at the heart of my role as critical friend for the Creative People and Places project.


Gatty poster (Courtesy of Claire Wellesley-Smith, 2016, http://www.clairewellesleysmith.co.uk/blog/2016/12/19/madder-root-and-gatty-red). Gatty poster (Courtesy of Claire Wellesley-Smith, 2016, http://www.clairewellesleysmith.co.uk/blog/2016/12/19/madder-root-and-gatty-red).

Gatty poster (Courtesy of Claire Wellesley-Smith, 2016, http://www.clairewellesleysmith.co.uk/blog/2016/12/19/madder-root-and-gatty-red).

How far can you go?

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The Movement for Cultural Democracy has now had the opportunity to consider the Arts Council commissioned report ‘Cultural Democracy in Practice’. It has done so with its members during its recent working sessions at The World Transformed in Liverpool and online.

We are agreed that the Arts Council report has almost nothing to say about Cultural Democracy – in practice, in principle or as public policy.… READ MORE


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Cultural democracy is not new, but rather an idea that has found a newly conducive context. This is much to do with the growing belief amongst younger generations that change is necessary and that they can and will make it happen. It is also perhaps a confluence between a budding socialist agenda for the UK and the dissatisfaction of so many cultural practitioners over a longstanding retrenchment in public funding for the arts that has sought to control rather than nurture.… READ MORE


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“It has never been so necessary to challenge how our art & culture is currently run: budget cuts, privatisations, closures, commercialisation have become the priorities. Access to Art & Culture is a human right and we must reclaim it. The Manifesto for Cultural Democracy comes at a perfect time when we need to develop a strong agenda on Art & Culture for the future Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn.… READ MORE