Domestic Work is Work
An exhibition of recent education projects and campaign work
August 7–11 2019
Open Wed–Sun, 12–6pm
Domestic Work is Work is organised by The Voice of Domestic Workers and hosted by Cubitt. The exhibition will present the group’s recent film My Home is Not My Home a collectively produced arts project that emerged as a response to the exploitation, invisibility and marginality of migrant domestic workers due to UK immigration law and the workers’ class, gender and race.
Since October 2018 The Voice of Domestic Workers have been a part of the current Structures That Cooperate programme at Cubitt. On a practical level the spaces at Cubitt have been made available to support the group’s ongoing work and collaborations with artists, designers, cultural workers and activists. The sharing of space has also been the grounds for developing forms of solidarity across work, precarity, education. Working to align with and support labour struggles in tandem with conversation with W.A.G.E. the Cubitt Cooperative and others to address models of cooperativity and concern around resource distribution in the art field.
Workshops, events and discussions with VODW have asked how strategies of art production and distribution can inform and support social movements related to labour and visibility. The residency intends, in addition to making space to critically reflect, to also build new alliances that can propose strategies for continued working.
A self-organised network and campaigning group calling for justice and rights for Britain’s sixteen thousand migrant domestic workers. The Voice of Domestic Workers provide educational and community activities for domestic workers – including English language lessons, drama and art classes, and employment advice, and mount rescues for domestic workers stuck with abusive employers. Their work seeks to end discrimination and protect migrant domestic workers living in the UK by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare and legal advice.