Structures That Cooperate: Get Paid!


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Structures That Cooperate: Get Paid!

Private View: Thurs 17 Jan 2019

Cultural Capital Cooperative Object #2 (CCCO#2) produced by artists Nikita Gale, Candice Lin, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Nour Mobarak, Blaine O’Neill, and Patrick Staff, Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S) and Ceramics Studio Co-op and events with COOP Fund and Cooperative Lunch #2 hosted by Cooperativas de Alimentos

Open: 18 Jan–24 Feb 2019, Wed–Sun, 12–6pm


Structures That Cooperate reopens for 2019 with a second configuration of the space designed by Mexico City-based artist Clemence Seilles. It will host newly installed work in the gallery and an ongoing public programme under the title Get Paid!

Structures That Cooperate: Get Paid! presents artworks, events and projects operating with politicised models of economy and organisation. These include Cultural Capital Cooperative Object #2 (CCCO#2) a cooperatively produced and owned film by artists Nikita Gale, Candice Lin, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Nour Mobarak, Blaine O’Neill, and Patrick Staff amplified by the Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S) installed alongside works from the Ceramics Studio Co-op, London.

In continuation of a format established in October, where Cubitt’s gallery is used for an extended schedule of events, commissions, research and exhibitions, Get Paid! will present work across several formats and timeframes

For a 12-month period Cubitt will be licensing the CCCO#2 film as a process of dialogue and support of the Cultural Capital Cooperative group. CCCO#2 will be installed in the gallery for Get Paid! inviting Black Obsidian Sound System to amplify the sound of the film for the opening night. Black Obsidian Sound System is a collectively made and owned sound system established in the summer of 2018 with the intention of bringing together a community of queer, trans and non binary people of colour involved in art, sound and radical activism.

After CCCO#2’s public installation in the gallery, the film will be available to view at Cubitt by appointment until December 2019, alongside a template of the CCC license agreement. This agreement will be made available as a free download from the Cubitt website as a resource for others, to be adapted and used in support of future cooperative art production.

Into this context, Get Paid! invites another cooperative, Ceramics Studio Co-op an artist-run worker co-operative in south London. Ceramics Studio Co-op will present a selection of works for sale by its members and, as part of a longer term conversation, are working with The Voice of Domestic Workers towards the production of a new collaborative ceramic work for sale later in 2019. Ceramics Studio Co-op members who will be showing work in the gallery include: Fredrik Andersson, Anna Baskakova, Tatiana Baskakova, Lenka Kalafutová, Sandra Lane, Tristan Lathey, Sarah Odedina, Holly Stevenson.

Sat 16 Feb | 3–5pm – COOP Fund. A workshop with COOP Fund New York. An experimental cooperative funding platform that accumulates financial resources through member contributions, and redistributes small funds to members using a cooperative decision making process.

Sun 24 Feb | 1–3pm – Cooperative Lunch #2 w/ Cooperativas de Alimentos. Cooperativas de Alimentos will be the hosts for Cooperative Lunch #2 – a newly formed community food collective. 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.

Ongoing collaborations include working with Clemence Seilles on the scenography of the gallery space, The Voice of Domestic Workers in residence, Schooling & Culture at AMSI and research with W.A.G.E.


Structures that Cooperate is a programme of projects that began October 2018 that talk to Cubitt’s context as an artist-run co-operative. It is a call to question default approaches to programming a gallery space, looking instead to collective formats, imaginaries and realities.

Projects and artists who will feature in the 2019 programme include: Ain Bailey, Lucy Clout, Deborah Findlater, Aya Haidar with The Voice of Domestic Workers and Women for Refugee Women, Adelita Husni-Bey, Schooling & Culture with Arts and Media School Islington, Serena Lee, W.A.G.E, Cubitt’s Education programme and more to be announced.

This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.



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Structures That Cooperate: Get Paid!  Cultural Capital Cooperative Object #2, Black Obsidian Sound System and Ceramics Studio Co-op, installation view, Cubitt Gallery, 2019. Photography by Mark Blower, courtesy of Cubitt Artists.


Cubitt Gallery is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We promote innovative curatorial practice with an 18-month Bursary, supporting curators at the beginning of their careers.

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