Re-imagining Citizenship 2019

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How can the notion of citizenship – in our trans/post-national society – be reconfigured without subjection? Have recent global events/popular uprisings/resistances/citizen-generated actions demonstrated a fracturing, dissolution or bolstering of traditional notions of citizenship? Are there new and emerging narratives of citizenship? How can art and cultural practices address interrogate, re-cast, re-form, re-name and/or re-imagine it? Or is it irretrieveable, moribund – should we scrap the notion of citizenship altogether?

Following the Re-imagining Citizenship exhibition (May-October 2018), in 2019 we now present a further exhibition and a series of research and public events, supported by Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, relating to questions of citizenship and ‘nationhood’ for the three weeks commencing Wednesday 13th March through to Friday 29th March 2019 on Loughborough campus and at various venues to come, including the European Cultural Centre at the Venice Biennale through to November 2019.

Activities will include:

  • Wednesday 13th March 2019 – 4pm Martin Hall Exhibition Space 

Opening of Re-Re-imagining Citizenship and installation, including Should I Stay or Should I Go?, an opportunity to test your citizenship skills… and much more… exhibition contributors include Daniel Fountain, Johanna Hallsten/Mary Rose O’Neill, Zak Jones, Sophia Kier-Byfield/Tom Nys, Assunta Ruocco, Leila Wilmers et al

  • Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 11am Martin Hall MHL 117a/b

Popular Propaganda Art talk by visiting Dutch artist, Jonas Staal (supported by Institute of Advanced Studies) – followed by buffet lunch

  • Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 4pm Martin Hall Exhibition Space

Opening of Rita Marcalo’s One Last Dance An Chéad Damhsa  film and launch of Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book and online Living Archive, an ongoing cumulative generative project (with support from LU Enterprise Group) with drinks and nibbles.

  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 – 12.30 Martin Hall Exhibition Space

12.30 – 3pm – Buffet lunch followed by One Last Dance – An Chéad Damhsa, live performance with Portuguese artist/dancer, Rita Marcalo (supported by Institute of Advanced Studies)The film documents a perambulating dance between Guildford (the location she lived in when she first arrived in the UK as an Erasmus student in 1994) and Cloughjordan (the rural Irish village that she has now moved to, following the Brexit vote) – Rita’s final love letter to the UK.

  • Friday 29th March 2019 – 4pm Martin Hall Exhibition Space

Re-Re-imagining Citizenship exhibition closes! The Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book and online Living Archive will be presented as an interactive installation/exhibit at the European Cultural Centre in Venice from 11th May to 24th November 2019…more info to come…


For more info contact Gill, Fred or Ruth at


Join us for Citizen Lunch (critical and non-citizens welcome) every Tuesday 1pm-2pm through October in Martin Hall  Exhibition Space – bring your own lunch!


Last chance! Final Citizen Lunch (and non-citizens of course!) Tuesdays 1pm in gallery continue! Come together and talk! Final lunch – bring a European dish/food/nibbles on Tuesday 30th October at 1pm to share, eat, talk! Porcion manĝi parolado! (Esperanto for the unitiated!) If you cannot come, send a photo (with caption!) of a European dish by email to  


Alchemy/SchmalchemyRhodiacéta (Re-)Response

An improvised sonic performance and discussion at the Re-Imagining Citizenship exhibition in Martin Hall Exhibition Space

1pm – 2pm Wednesday 17th October 2018

All welcome, bring your own lunch!


Alchemy/Schmalchemy  perform an improvised sonic response to the graphic scores  which form part of an artwork produced by Contrat Social (from Institute Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon) currently featured in the Re-Imagining Citizenship exhibition. Geoff Bright, Walt Shaw and Gillian Whiteley havebeen improvising with various instruments/objects/materials as Alchemy/Schmalchemy since 2009. Geoff is Research Fellow at the Education and Social Research at MMU, Walt is a percussionist and visual and performance artist based in the Midlands, Gillian is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at School of the Arts, Loughborough University.

For more information email

The performance will be followed by a Politicized Practice Research Group planning meeting from 2pm-3pm in the gallery. All welcome.


Wednesday 10 October 5pm – the Re-imagining Citizenship exhibition in Martin Hall Exhibition Space is hosting One Last Dance – with a performance and small welcome party for Fred Dalmasso who has walked/danced from Leicester today with artist Rita Marcalo/Instant Dissidence as part of her post-Brexit two-month long perambulating dance from Guildford to Galway. Rita will come back to Loughborough next March to talk, perform and present the film of the completed project.