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Thursday 28 Nov | 6.30–8.30pm

Free, book online 

An event to accompany Deborah Findlater’s exhibition Sacred Space with contributions from Derica Shields who will be in conversation with Findlater, followed by Saint Lov’ie reading excerpts from the zine Yam and Other Hard Food and a screening of Cycles, a film by Zeinabu irene Davis.

I and I expands on the themes & research behind the exhibition such as: how oneness manifests for Black Womxn, the balance between Western individualism & forms of communalism that are dependent on unequal labour and what it means to hold space for yourself internally & externally.

Cycles, Zeinabu irene Davis 1989 | 17 minutes.
Rasheeda Allen is waiting for her period. Drawing on Caribbean folklore, this exuberant experimental drama uses animation and live action to discover a film language unique to African American women. The multilayered soundtrack combines a chorus of women’s voices with the music of Africa and the diaspora-including Miriam Makeba, acappella singers from Haiti and trumpetiste Clora Bryant. Cycles is screened with thanks to Women Make Movies

Bios:

Zeinabu Irene Davis is a director and producer who has received numerous awards for her work with film and video. Born in 1961 in Philadelphia, she received a M.A. in African Studies in 1985 at UCLA, where she also earned her M.F.A. in Film and Television production in 1989. She has received acclaim for her representation of the African American female perspective through a variety of works, which include documentaries, short narratives and experimental films. Works include A Period Piece (1991), A Powerful Thang (1991), Mother of a River (1995) and Compensation (1999) continued to garner her awards from numerous organizations and festivals, including the Gordan Parks Award for Best Director from the Independent Feature Project. Her latest project, Spirits of Rebellion (2011), is a documentary work-in-progress which gathers fellow L.A. Rebellion filmmakers and explores topics in African American film.

Derica Shields is a writer, researcher and programmer from London. Her work has appeared in the New Inquiry, Rookie, Girls Like Us, Live Art Almanac, Flash Art and more. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird, a (now defunct) screening and discussion series centered on experimental, world-unravelling films. As part of a 2017 Triple Canopy commission, she is developing a multi-format oral history project centering on black people’s accounts of the UK welfare state. She is also working on a book project commissioned by Hannah Black for a new Book Works series

Georgina Johnson, who also goes by Saint Lov’ie is an artist and polymath whose practise spans curation, direction (creative/art direction) and filmmaking. Her work primarily explores legacy, memory, identity and wellbeing. Johnson works between mediums fluidly, moulding and applying her vision through sound, film, photography, installation and other means; most notably completing artist commissions for The Photographers’ Gallery and Now Gallery (2017-2018). Poetry and prose feature largely in her printed works as means to explore memory and present contemporary ideals around blackness and black life. She explores language through these mediums, in its many forms, through observatory means and socio-political ideologies. Johnson’s work with note-worthy cultural organisations, including The V&A, British Council, National Museums Scotland and The Design Museum is an expansion of her practise and outworking of her community interests and commitment towards opening up the creative industries. This is supported through her creative platform The Laundry – which is concerned with engaging with the curious, visionary and creatively courageous. @Saint_Lovie @thelaundryarts

Institute of Anything Summer School 2019

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During August 2019, young people from across Islington took part in Creative Tracks, a 12-day Institute of Anything Summer School, hosted by Central St Martin’s Archway. They produced GIFs, short films, zines, photography portraits, carnival masks and poetry. They also visited the ‘Get Up Stand Up Now’ exhibition at Somerset House and shared their skills with each other. A selection of their work is below.

Thanks to Ali, Aliya, Ela, Empress, Haajar, Henry, Iris, King, Lily, Mukhtar, Noura, Orla, Quinn, Rosa, Sam and Tom for taking part, and congratulations to those who gained an Arts Award.

The Summer School team were Ewelina Bartkowska, Paul Crook, Ciaran Frame, Anoushka Khandwala, Tharsini Mahendrakumar, Shepherd Manyika, Jiho Park and Dominik Slowik.

Visiting artists were Betsy Dadd, Stephanie Buttle, Belinda Zhawi, Levi Naidu-Mitchell, Gisela Torres and Soofiya.

Thanks to Islington Summerversity and Launchpad and Central St Martin’s for generously supporting the project.

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Teachers CPD Programme: 11 by 11 Culture Bank

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As part of 11 by 11 Culture Bank, Cubitt have been commissioned by Islington Cultural Enrichment & School Improvement teams to develop and programme 12 creative CPD sessions for educators in Islington over the 2019 – 2020 academic year. The programme will culminate in a symposium in June 2020.

“Fun, concise and well presented, with fresh and easy-to-incorporate ideas for class,” Teacher from Into Film CPD session, October 2019

Teachers in Islington can book onto sessions via the Islington CS links below, or by emailing lydia@cubittartists.org.uk.

Upcoming sessions for EYFS and primary teachers include:

Create and Dance, with Royal Opera House 
Session 1: 4pm – 6.30pm, Tuesday 26th November
Session 2: 4pm – 6.30pm, Tuesday 3rd December
Hanover Primary School, Noel Road, London, N1 8BD
Book on Islington CS.

Approaches to Multi Sensory Learning and Teaching, with October Gallery
4:30 – 6:30pm, Wednesday 29th January
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL

Table-top Puppet Making, with Little Angel Theatre
4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 1st April
Little Angel Studios, Sebbon Street, London, N1 2EH
Book on Islington CS.

Creative Resilience & Philosophy for Children, with Cubitt Artists
4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 18th March.
Cubitt Artists, 8 Angel Mews, N1 9HH

Details for sessions for secondary and special schools to follow.

11 by 11 Culture Bank is a free programme of CPD opportunities and resources which support Islington Council’s pledge that each child who goes to school in the borough experiences 11 outstanding cultural experiences by Year 11. For more information, contact lydia@cubittartists.org.uk.

Deborah Findlater: Sacred Space

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Preview: Thursday 14 November 2019, 6.30–8.30PM

15 Nov–15 Dec 2019

OPEN Wed–Sun 12–6PM

Sacred Space is a new commission by South-London based video artist and filmmaker Deborah Findlater.

New work exploring the healing power of touch and restorative rituals is presented across a multi-channel video installation, floor work and written text panels. Sacred Space asks how one preserves, protects & maintains themselves as part of a community? How the self functions in relation to others and what wholeness looks like for Black Womxn?

The works have developed from an auto-biographical position and positions shared that centre a politics of pleasure – pleasure in being made up, of getting one’s appearance tended to, as actions of intimacy, presence, power and sensuality. Whilst also thinking politically about the spaces where these acts and rituals happen, the home, the bedroom, the beauty salon.

Sacred Space sites its references with Black feminist practices, discourses and writing that investigate pleasure and erotics including Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown & Audre Lorde’s uses of the erotic, as political and social tools of resistance, subversion, and imagination.

Sacred Space continues Cubitt’s Structures That Cooperate programme curated by Louise Shelley, a 15 month series of exhibitions, events, workshops and research departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers.

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Deborah Findlater is a video artist and filmmaker from South London. She is drawn to working with montage, installation and found footage in order to dissect the construction of narrative. Also a writer and DJ, her work takes on poetic qualities through its rhythmic use of voice, words and sound. Thematically, she is committed to exploring issues surrounding working class Blackness in Britain and Black Womxnhood. She is currently studying MA Experimental Film at Kingston School of Art and a member of London based QTIPOC led sound system Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.).

https://cargocollective.com/deborahfindlater

diagram credit: ‘Rewriting the Rules’ by Meg Barker

Going Places Festival October 2019

Going Places was a series of workshops and events which took place at Cubitt and off-site in community and public spaces as part of a programme exploring engaged practice, delivered in partnership with All Change.
For more information on the programme download the festival here

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Image: Ania Bas

Still Life

Wednesday 2 Oct

Residents at Duval House hosted an afternoon of drawing and conversation with friends and members of the public. Visitors were invited to draw portraits and to sit for them with group members, accompanied by soundtrack devised by Mary, one of the residents. Ania Bas has been working with residents at Duval House for the past two years through a partnership developed with the Home Library Service.

 

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Image: Esther Collins

Artist in Time

Thursday 03 October

Chris Fite-Wassilak and artist Anne Tallentire talked through randomly-ordered images of artworks made throughout Anne’s career in making sculpture, performance and film work. Through playful discussion Anne and Chris took a non-linear look  at revolving themes and ideas over time.

Fite-Wassilak is the author of the forthcoming publication the Artist in Time (Bloomsbury, 2020), which features visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, dancers and writers from across the UK, including Tallentire alongside Frank Bowling, Wendy Cope, Ken Loach, Ralph Steadman and others.

Anne Tallentire is a London-based artist working with moving image, sculpture, installation, performance and photography, exploring the systems that control the built environment, affect displacement and shape the economics of labour. recent solo exhibitions include the Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, 2018, and a forthcoming exhibition at the MAC, Belfast, in August 2020.

 

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Block Party

Wednesday 09 October 4.30- 7.30pm

Both Cubitt and Going Places project partners All Change work regularly at The Mildmays- three Extra Care housing schemes located in the heart of Islington.  During this afternoon/ early evening event Sadie Edginton, who has a Cubitt Community Studio invited residents and members of the public to have tea and draw and collage together in a making/ talking session. Joshua Sofaer led performative tours of his studio and collection of cast noses. All Change artists Francesca Beard and Letitia Valverdes invited residents and visitors to a poetry and movement session, and residents, staff, artists and members of the public all danced together to All Change DJ Tony Nwachukwu.

 

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If We Speak of Remarkable Things

Wednesday 16 October

Nine artists: Ania Bas, Francesca Beard (All Change Associate Artist), Sadie Edginton, Hayley Harrison, Fox Irving, Benjamin A Owen, Charlene Sandy, Joshua Sofaer and Lucy Steggals talked about their commissioned work with older people in community or care settings. Audience members joined a discussion about why we work with older people, what the most urgent issues are in this realm of work and what we hope for in the future.

 

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Saturday Social

Saturday 19 October

Cubitt’s Saturday Socials group hosted a public event and workshop with Lucy Steggals in Studio 5 at Cubitt. The group displayed artworks made together over the past few months, and invited visitors to join them using oranges, pegs, eggs and Honesty to make individual and collaborative art works and share ideas.

 

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Image: Esther Collins

Collective Memory

Residents from Ash Court and Duval House (both sheltered accommodation sites) who have been working with Ania Bas for the past 3 years hosted a visit to Tate Britain open for members of the public. We had tea and cake, spent some time  in the William Blake exhibition and then worked with Ania to create Blake-inspired collage poems, using that day’s copies of The Metro.

Deborah Findlater: Sacred Space

 

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Preview: Thursday 14 November 2019, 6.30–8.30PM

15 Nov–15 Dec 2019

OPEN Wed–Sun 12–6PM

Sacred Space is a new commission by South-London based video artist and filmmaker Deborah Findlater.

New work exploring the healing power of touch and restorative rituals is presented across a multi-channel video installation, floor work and written text panels. Sacred Space asks how one preserves, protects & maintains themselves as part of a community? How the self functions in relation to others and what wholeness looks like for Black Womxn?

The works have developed from an auto-biographical position and positions shared that centre a politics of pleasure – pleasure in being made up, of getting one’s appearance tended to, as actions of intimacy, presence, power and sensuality. Whilst also thinking politically about the spaces where these acts and rituals happen, the home, the bedroom, the beauty salon.

Sacred Space sites its references with Black feminist practices, discourses and writing that investigate pleasure and erotics including Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown & Audre Lorde’s uses of the erotic, as political and social tools of resistance, subversion, and imagination.

Sacred Space continues Cubitt’s Structures That Cooperate programme curated by Louise Shelley, a 15 month series of exhibitions, events, workshops and research departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers.

 

 

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Deborah Findlater is a video artist and filmmaker from South London. She is drawn to working with montage, installation and found footage in order to dissect the construction of narrative. Also a writer and DJ, her work takes on poetic qualities through its rhythmic use of voice, words and sound. Thematically, she is committed to exploring issues surrounding working class Blackness in Britain and Black Womxnhood. She is currently studying MA Experimental Film at Kingston School of Art and a member of London based QTIPOC led sound system Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.).

https://cargocollective.com/deborahfindlater

 

diagram credit: ‘Rewriting the Rules’ by Meg Barker

If We Speak of Remarkable Things: Going Places 2019

Going Places is a series of workshops and events taking place at Cubitt and off-site in community and public spaces as part of a programme exploring engaged practice, delivered in partnership with All Change.

Since 2017 Cubitt’s Education Curator Esther Collins has been working with invited groups and artists to explore the development of creative practices over time and in response to context and site.

 

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Installation of Going Along Without a Body Benjamin A Owen 2018

If We Speak of Remarkable Things

Wednesday 16 October 3 – 6pm

Cubitt Gallery

Nine artists: Ania Bas, Francesca Beard, All Change Associate Artist, Sadie Edginton, Hayley Harrison, Fox Irving, Benjamin A Owen, Charlene Sandy, Joshua Sofaer and Lucy Steggals meet at Cubitt to talk about their commissioned work with older people in community or care settings.

Who have they met and made work with? What did they learn about themselves and how they make art? Who and what inspired them? Who do they admire, and what do they aspire to next?

Booking: via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/if-we-speak-of-remarkable-things-tickets-72542896757

 

 

Follow this link to the full festival line up: GoingPlacesFestivalLeaflet

This programme comes out of our three-year Celebrating Age programme Going Places in partnership with All Change.

Celebrating Age is funded through Arts Council and Baring Foundation

 

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UVWCulture and Design Workers Union Meeting #1

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If you work in art, graphic design, fashion design, filmmaking, curation, editing or writing or ANY type of creative or cultural work, including arts administration and technician work, join us to discuss how we can fight against:

Unfair wages in our sector/s
Illegal unpaid internships
Unpaid overtime
Work-related stress and burnout
Rampant exploitation by institutions and bosses
Precariousness of freelance or temporary work in our sector/s

We are intentionally keeping our definition of creative employment as loose as possible, and recognise that art workers might have multiple jobs :)

All are welcome to plan our next steps. For more info and how to join

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have specific access requirements or would like to reserve a seat.

Please register your attendance here, so we can have an idea of numbers.
FAQs

WHAT DOES A UNION DO?
A Union represents you in a dispute using experienced legal case workers. In the UK, you may be able to receive back-payment of unpaid wages (i.e. if you did an unpaid internship), unpaid sick pay, or unpaid holiday pay for up to 6 years. A Union is not just for when help is needed, but can offer other types of support such as advice, training, and education.

WHAT IS UNITED VOICES OF THE WORLD?
United Voices of the World (UVW) is “a members-led, campaigning trade union of mainly migrant & precarious workers.” unions like UVW are addressing current changes in employment – including the rise of zero-hours contracts and precarious work – head-on. Working with historically ‘hard to organise’ people, perhaps working alone in geographically dispersed locations, they respond quickly to fight injustices, and are actively shaped by the needs of their membership as they develop. It is an English and Spanish speaking union. It recently became non-hierarchically organised, with members electing to do away with executive roles.

WHY NOW?
As a working group within Evening Class, we have been having conversations about unhealthy working practices that we observe within the graphic design ‘industry’. Creative work is routinely dissociated from labour, often through employers and clients misunderstanding what constitutes ideation and production. All of which contributes to what we view as worsening conditions. Unionising now offers a much needed opportunity to amplify our shared grievances and articulate cooperative demands.

HOW DO I JOIN THE GROUP?
Join UVW, come to our next meeting, and join our discord online chat (members only).
Membership of the union is £6 to £10 a month depending on income.

WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN LONDON OR THE UK?
We can still keep you up to date with our plans, sign up to our mailing list. We are keen to connect to other individuals and groups organising cultural workers in the UK, international collaborators, and to spread awareness of similar schemes worldwide, so please get in touch.

Aya Haidar: Out Of Service

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Preview Thurs 26 Sept 6.30–8.30pm
27 Sept–27 Oct 2019
Open: Wed–Sun 12–6PM

Out Of Service presents a new commission by London-based Lebanese artist Aya Haidar. Haidar produces embroidery work on found textiles relating to home, diaspora, memory and imagination, collaboration around shared concerns is a key part of her practice.

New work has been developed over a 9-month period through conversations, workshops and time spent with campaign groups, community organisers and cultural workers all working with a focus on domestic and immaterial labour.

Installed at Cubitt are a series of embroidered works all made in Haidar’s home, sewn onto dusters, muslin cloths and bin liners. Working with textiles in this way, as ‘home productions’, produces discrete pieces that work to counter the nostalgic notion of the ‘domestic.’ Instead, Out of Service positions the domestic as a political site and its proximity for Haidar to artistic work, to affect, repetition, care work, paid/unpaid, cleaning, parenting, the working body.

The leaks, spills, stains, invisible work, workers, bodies and their movements, the anecdotes of Haidar and others, have been recorded, stitched and presented. These serve as a partial-portrait of domestic space as work place, office, studio, nursery; where one lives, works, socialises, leaves.

Out of Service continues Cubitt’s Structures That Cooperate programme, a 15 month series of exhibitions, events, workshops and research departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers.

 

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Aya Haidar is a London based Lebanese artist whose practice develops artworks through conversations around shared interests and concerns relating to home, diaspora, memory and imagination – often using embroidering, craft and collage. Past works have focussed on the recycling of found and disposable objects making works that explore loss, migration and memory, with a personal connection to the history of a region [the Middle East] explored through the histories contained within personal objects/belongings. Recent solo exhibitions include: Wish You Were Here Athr gallery, Jeddah (2017) and Behind Closed Doors New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2011). Recent group exhibitions include: New Art Exchange Open, Nottingham (2019), Refusing to be still (2018), The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen (2018) LTAYM, Athr Gallery (2017), I Spy with My Little Eye, Mosaic Rooms, London (2015)

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Photography by Mark Blower, courtesy of Cubitt Artists

Going Places 2019

Going Places 2019 
A series of workshops and events taking place at Cubitt and off-site in community and public spaces as part of a programme exploring engaged practice, delivered in partnership with All Change.

 

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Since 2017 Cubitt’s Education Curator Esther Collins has been working with invited groups and artists to explore the development of creative practices over time and in response to context and site.

 

Still Life

Wednesday 2 Oct 12-2pm

Duval House, 39 Elthorne Road

A drawing, making and conversation event, hosted by participants in Cubitt’s Home Library Service projects devised with Ania Bas. Through portrait making and one-to-one conversations you will share ideas and discover what you’ve got in common.

Booking: e mail esther@cubittartists.org.uk

 

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Anne Tallentire’s studio 2019 credit: Ollie Harrop

Artist in Time

Thursday 03 October 6- 8pm

Cubitt Gallery

Join writer and critic Chris Fite- Wassilak and artist Anne Tallentire to discuss the shifting rhythms and patterns of artistic practice. Fite-Wassilak is the author of the forthcoming publication the Artist in Time (Bloomsbury, 2020), which features visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, dancers and writers from across the UK, including Tallentire alongside Frank Bowling, Wendy Cope, Ken Loach, Ralph Steadman and others. Through studio visits and interviews Fite-Wassilak has recorded artists’ personal experience of how the act of creating shifts and develops over time, discussing their evolving relationship to making including everyday rituals, pace, aspiration and inspiration. The Artist in Time was commissioned by the Baring Foundation as part of a decade-long programme supporting older people and the arts.

Anne Tallentire is a London-based artist working with moving image, sculpture, installation, performance and photography, exploring the systems that control the built environment, affect displacement and shape the economics of labour. recent solo exhibitions include the Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, 2018, and a forthcoming exhibition at the MAC, Belfast, in August 2020.

Tallentire and Fite-Wassilak have collaborated extensively, co-organsing the quarterly event ‘hmn’.

Booking: via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artist-in-time-tickets-72536451479

 

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Residents at The Mildmays credit: Benjamin A Owen

Block Party

Wednesday 09 October 4.30- 7.30pm

The Mildmays are three Extra Care housing schemes located in the heart of Islington – a few minutes walk from one another. This special event celebrates and shares work from a vibrant long-term programme of arts projects with Cubitt and All Change including on-site artists’ studios, combined arts, poetry and story-telling workshops. Join residents, staff and artists to share and experience work created with residents and Cubitt Community Studio holders Sadie Edginton and Joshua Sofaer and All Change artists Francesca Beard, Leticia Valverdes, Simon Mole and Fran Lobo.

Booking: e mail projects@allchangearts.org to book

Where: The Mildmays N1

 

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Installation of Going Along Without a Body Benjamin A Owen 2018

If We Speak of Remarkable Things

Wednesday 16 October 3 – 6pm

Cubitt Gallery

Seven artists: Ania Bas, Francesca Beard, All Change Associate Artist, Sadie Edginton, Hayley Harrison, Fox Irving, Benjamin A Owen, Joshua Sofaer and Lucy Steggals meet at Cubitt to talk about their commissioned work with older people in community or care settings.

Who have they met and made work with? What did they learn about themselves and how they make art? Who and what inspired them? Who do they admire, and what do they aspire to next?

Booking: via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/if-we-speak-of-remarkable-things-tickets-72542896757

 

Saturday Social

Saturday 19 October 10am- 12pm

Studio 5 Cubitt 8 Angel Mews N1 9HH

Join Cubitt’s regular Saturday Socials group and artist Lucy Steggals to experiment with materials, make objects, images and connections through sharing ideas.

Booking: e mail esther@cubittartists.org.uk

 

Collective Memory

Wednesday 30  October 12- 3pm

Transport from Cubitt 8 Angel Mews N1 9HH to Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG leaves at 12 noon from Cubitt

Cubitt’s home Library Service group invite you to visit the Tate collection. Working with Ania Bas the group will discuss exhibitions, make artwork together in the gallery and access the archive.

Booking: e mail esther@cubittartists.org.uk

 

Follow this link to the full festival line up: GoingPlacesFestivalLeaflet

This programme comes out of our three-year Celebrating Age programme Going Places in partnership with All Change.

Celebrating Age is funded through Arts Council and Baring Foundation

 

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Aya Haidar | Out of Service discussion event

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Sun 6 Oct  | 2–4pm Out of Service discussion event

Free, no booking required

An informal discussion event drawing out of the ideas, processes and politics behind Aya Haidar’s Out Of Service commission for Cubitt. A conversation will be chaired between Haidar, Cubitt Curatorial Fellow Louise Shelley and Marissa Begonia Coordinator of The Voice of Domestic Workers.  

Cooperative Lunch #3: A Public Assembly

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Cooperative Lunch #3: A Public Assembly
Sun 29 Sept, 1–3pm
Free, no booking required

 

What is this process?
What is this thing that homogenises complexity, difference, dynamic dialogue,
action for change and replaces it with sameness?*

 

The 2018/19 public programme at Cubitt has been organising under the title Structures That Cooperate – events, exhibitions, research and conversations have centred Cubitt’s position as an artist-run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers. 

Cooperative Lunch #3 will take the form of public assembly around the proposition that London is a structure that does not cooperate. Unaffordable rents, unsustainable competition, unrealistic expectations – so why do art practitioners continue to move here? With what hopes and at what cost? Gentrification, competition and precarity have become normalised and internalised. How can we find ways to flourish under these conditions? 

Cooperative Lunch #3: A Public Assembly is an open forum to share, debate or just observe. Through a series of short readings and screenings; discussions will explore the conditions that lead to what American writer Sarah Schulman has called the gentrification of culture: increasingly precarious living and working conditions, the effects of gentrification on creativity and the homogenising impact of higher education. 

Contributions include:
 
SHELL LIKE – a collaboration between Amy Pettifer and Jennifer Boyd, which takes the form of an ongoing series of hour-long listening events featuring both existing and newly commissioned audio works by UK-based and international artists and writers. Programmes are curated in response to a theme and are experienced in the atmospheric surrounds of an exhibition or conceived environment. SHELL LIKE creates a dedicated space for sound work and focuses on the importance of listening – particularly as a group – as a vital social and political act.

 

As part of Cooperative Lunch #3: A Public Assembly, SHELL LIKE will be sharing an audio work by British artist and poet Penny Goring. Goring makes drawings, paintings, sculptures and poems that access recurring personal trauma visions, exploring the contemporary state of emergency – where violence is commonplace, structural, intimate, where loss of freedoms is forgotten or keenly lamented, and there is no rescue or escape. Her audio work, Tower Block 55, is a sour sweet mourning song, sung over railings and into the cloud of pollens, pollutants, and other vertiginous voices that hang heavy over the city. Its lyrics are slicked and slutted, swinging from domestic textures to the grist of love relationships. While safety and sanity seem to balance on a knife edge, the singer is a bold protectress, in possession of counterspells, secret shortcuts and the most panoramic view. Tower Block 55 was first published by i-D, and was commissioned as an audio work by SHELL LIKE in 2018.

 

Morag Keil and Georgie Nettell ‘s video work The Fascism of Everyday Life will also be screened.The Fascism of Everyday Life features tours of the artists’ homes plus title/credit sequences. Mirroring the style of a lifestyle/reality TV program the film incorporates clips and music appropriated from adverts and shows that focus on homeownership, products and services. Inevitably the imagery promotes a “how to get ahead” attitude and enforces a normativity based around the nuclear family and property rights, a set of norms that are in sharp contrast with the real-life living situations of the artists. Both live in shared accommodation rented from private landlords in a city in the midst of a housing crisis marked by high rents for poor quality housing. Despite the real pressures of the housing crisis on the quality of life, the film serves to mock the aspirational agenda of the mainstream media which is based around competitive neoliberal value systems. The British obsession with homeownership as a measure of success is embedded within such images, which are designed to script desire in a way that conserves and reproduces a social structure of inequality.

 

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The event is hosted by Angela Blanc, Panos Fourtoulakis, Nora Kovacs, Ottavia Lunari and William Rees, a collective of curators currently studying and living in London. The hosts will prepare free food and drinks for all guests. 

Cooperative Lunches is a regular event series at Cubitt, an event around food, community, sharing space and knowledge. The first Cooperative Lunch in October 2018 was hosted by The Voice of Domestic Workers, a migrant domestic worker union in residence at Cubitt until December 2019 the second was in February and hosted by Cooperativas de Alimentos.

*Sarah Schulman, The Gentrification of the Mind

Image:  Morag Keil, Georgie Nettel, The Fascism of Everyday Life, 2016, HD Video, 11 mins, 44 secs
Courtesy the artists and Project Native Informant London

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