Contemporary Art and Democracy

A talk by Dr Emma Mahony (School of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin) Wednesday, 14 December, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Edward Barnsley room 63.1.07 Dr. Emma Mahony is a Lecturer in the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. From 2004-8 she…

Exhibition as an Act of Resistance

A talk by Marina Maximova, PhD researcher PHIR 10am Wednesday 18 May – Edward Barnsley 63.1.08, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University   This presentation will address exhibition strategies developed by unofficial artists in Moscow as a way to resist hegemony of Socialist Realism. It will focus on ‘dissident’ artists who were forced…

Into Action: the Politics of Play and Participation

Friday 20 May 2016, 10.00 – 16.00 Primary, 33 Seely Road, Nottingham NG7 1NU Cost: £5 + booking fee (including lunch) This one-day event at Primary, is inspired by the radical political roots of Action Space – a collective of artists, performers, dancers and musicians working in the community, set up in 1968 in London…

Art, Activism and Political Violence. Call for Papers

Workshop at Loughborough University, September 20-21, 2016 Sponsored by the Independent Social Research Foundation Convened by Ruth Kinna  r.e.kinna@lboro.ac.uk & Gillian Whiteley g.whiteley@lboro.ac.uk   This workshop is the result of a collaboration between colleagues in the Anarchism Research Group and the Politicised Practice Research Group at Loughborough University and is designed to build new relationships between artists and political theorists and to explore questions…

Unbribable Life II. The Politics of the Art School: Study Day

04 Mar 2016 On the occasion of the visit of the creators of a Worker’s University in an occupied factory in Tuzla, this event brings together researchers and participants from art schools, radical art and worker movements in the UK and Yugoslavia. Student Art Centres in Yugoslavia were important meeting points between artists and broader…

Unbribable Life I. Art and Activism in former Yugoslavia and the UK Protests, Plenums and the struggle for the commons 03 Mar 2016

3 Mar 2016 Join Workers from the Occupied Factory and Worker’s University in Tuzla in conversation with Nottingham’s Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation! In 2015 workers at the DITA Factory in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, occupied and took control of a factory inactive due to bankruptcy and corruption. Drawing from the force of the plenums (public…