Re-imagining Citizenship

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) we are currently working on a range of research activities and public events, supported Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, relating to questions of citizenship and ‘nationhood’ for the three weeks ending 15th, 22nd and 29th March (Brexit week)

Activities will include:

  • Collective Citizenship Test – launch Wednesday 13th March 4pm Martin Hall Exhibition Space
  • Production and dissemination of the Re-imagining Citizenship Handbook and online Re-imagining Citizenship Living Archive, an ongoing cumulative generative project.
  • Wed 20th March 11.10 – 1pm Talk and buffet with invited Dutch artist Jonas Staal – Martin Hall MHL117/a/b
  • Wed 27th March 12.30 – 3pm Buffet, film, talk/performance, invited Portuguese artist Rita Marcalo/Instant Dissidence – Martin Hall Exhibition Space

More info to come on these….watch this space!

We are also working on a Re-imagining Citizenship/Decolonising Public Space one-day workshop for May 2019 – call for expressions of interest and contributions coming shortly!

Other meeting dates for planning, exchange of info and discussion              Wednesday  21st November 2pm/Wednesday 6th February 2pm

Contact Gill Whiteley for more info


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.