During a recent Urban Heat lab in Maribor, eastern Slovenia, we spent an afternoon with Tandem Kitsch and our project partners discussing survival strategies. What are the concrete strategies we use to resist the dominant ideologies and systems we work within? Heres what the group came up with:
- Have a regular (but precarious) job and fund arts activities from your savings
- Manage your time carefully
- Be specific/precise about what you do and what you dont do
- Favour marginalised places and practices and open places to art
- Have only one child
- Create your own business?and spend the profit on a new system
- Reject engagements which are not paid enough or valued enough
- Recontextualise and focus on the moments at hand; how is this moment reinforcing dominant ideologies of scarcity, exclusivity, temporality, privilege?
- Give everybody authorisation by endorsing everybody! Call everything art, call everybody an artist! Thereby resisting exclusivity, scarcity and gate keepers.
- Practice fighting / disagreeing
- Stop working and live your life. Frame that as work.
- Make shit.?Distract yourself.?Stop the flow. Dont create new things. Make always the same work. Forget everything you know. But dont forget about fun.
- Be careful not to reproduce exploitation in your own creative environment. Rethink and reframe the ways of production.
- Make budgets public
- Have power relations?in mind
- As a producer, act as a buffer between the system and artist in order to protect artist time
- As educator, create an oasis in the educational system to open space for the debate and to involve new ideas
- Endless reflection and critical thinking
- Join the union + care for one another + give things for free + occupy time rather than space + find new ways of use other people’s resources + share resources
- In education, using non hierarchical?systems, decline publication pressure, volunteering
- Curate with extreme inclusiveness (include even the things you dont like)
- Remind yourself that you are a good person
- Invent new systems that serve you and your values
What are yours?
As the nights draw in, our thoughts are turning to light, to gathering, and to warmth! So we’re dead chuffed to be asked to speak about our beloved Electric Fireside at the Light, Arts, Cities symposium in Leeds on Friday 7th October (just before the launch of The Wild Woods – no rest for the wicked, eh?!).
Light, Arts, Cities is the first symposium arranged by the Light Up the North network as part of the Light Night Leeds programme. It’s been designed to explore four key themes in relation to light festivals and their impact on a city: place, audience, artist and sustainability
Speakers include artists, academics and festival organisers – and us! Join us by getting your ticket here.
The Brick Box are excited to be mentors in a new programme to support young visual artists working in the public realm.
Creative Youth has successfully secured funding from Arts Council England to commission four young visual artists working in the outdoor realm to produce bespoke, outdoor pieces to be on display for the duration of the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston upon Thames from the 8th – 17th July 2016 (with some of the works potentially being displayed in advance of the festival).
Creative Youth are seeking applications from young artists between the ages of 18 – 26 who are early in their careers working in the outdoor / public realm.
Four successful artists will each be given a fee of 2500.00 to create their artwork including all material costs, plus an additional budget of 500.00 for the installation and removal of the piece.
In addition each artist will be provided with a professional mentor – that’s where The Brick Box comes in! – with vast experience of working in the public realm who will help guide them through the development, creation and implementation of the work.
It is a condition of the commission to work with a class of thirty Yr5-6 primary school students for 4 x half day sessions in order to create an element of the work. Creative Youth will identify and liaise with the schools on behalf of the artists.
One artist will be selected once the work is on display and offered a place on our Creative Talent programme for one year, which provides year round mentorship and support to emerging artists and organisations.
Deadline for submissions 5.00pm on Monday 30th May
The full commission brief is available HERE
A Nations Theatre Festival is a two-month celebration of theatre from around the UK from April – May 2016. Venues across London are joining forces to shine a light on shows made by artists based in villages, towns and cities with wildly different backdrops and personalities that colour the work they make.
As well as loads of great shows (we saw Little Bulb’s Wail at Battersea Arts Centre the other week and loved it – go go go), the festival involves a series of live debates and The Brick Box have been asked to join in.
We will be hosting a conversation with Lyn Gardner at Leicester’s Curve Theatre on 15th May. We’ll be asking: what does theatre mean to you? What does theatre mean to Leicester? What does theatre mean to the nation?
We love to devise playful, theatrical spaces that encourage people to develop ideas, express themselves and create. So for this mission our approach will be to host and support a communal conversation that responds to the questions. Inspired by our many adventures around the UK producing performances with people from all walks of life, we will share a kaleidoscope of activities, all designed to discover and document the views of the people.
Through the medium of Pass the Parcel, a ‘Disco Demo’ and some inspired badge making, we will host all of the necessary (and bound to be intriguing) conversations. There will be plenty of opportunity for folk to have their say. People can be big and bold by joining the Demo and making their own glittering placard. They can be subtle and pin their opinion on a handy lapel. Or they can wrap it up in a parcel and join us with a rendition of the Okey Cokey. After all, that may be what it is all about…
If you would like to join the debate you can do any combination of these things:
1) Come to the UEL Emergence Festival in West Ham on 7th May where we will officially begin our Theatre Debate Disco Demo. Say it loud, say it proud, just make sure you say it with glitter!
2) Tweet us @thebrickbox using #anationstheatre
3) Turn up in Leicester on Sunday 15th May – more about the event here
4) Stand in a random street and shout about it
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