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Art for Social Change

Wednesday 7 April, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00

*** All School of Activism 2.0 events will be held online ***

When done well, art can give voice to the voiceless and bring visibility to those that are hidden. Art is a powerful tool to change the world.

Photographers Anthony Luvera and Rory Carnegie have both created fascinating collaborative projects in partnership with rough sleepers.

In his project Assembly Anthony Luvera invited people experiencing homelessness to use disposable cameras and audio recorders to document their experiences and things they are interested in. Anthony also worked with participants to create Assisted Self-Portraits in places significant to the individual.

His exhibition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was exhibited at the PRSC last winter. It featured questions about homeless provision sent to hundreds of councils across the UK and responses received from the councils. This exhibition was made in partnership with the Museum of Homelessness and FAQ was previously shown at Tate Liverpool.

Images from FAQ exhibition & workshops at PRSC November 2019

For his project ICON, Rory Carnegie teamed up with the charity Crisis, and arts centre The Old Fire Station in Oxford to reproduce iconic British photographs with homeless people as models. PRSC is working with Rory & the Old Fire Station to bring the ICON exhibition to Bristol.

In 2002 Rory worked with young asylum seekers in Oxford, helping them to produce images & text exploring their experiences and exhibiting the results in the entrance space at Modern Art Oxford.

Homeless people recreate a classic Beatles image for Rory’s ICON project

In this evening, Rory and Anthony will present these projects, discuss the experiences they had making this work and share the principles and priorities which led to them creating such important work.

This talk will look at the way that artists can choose to empower or diminish their subjects, the way that power relationships between artist and subject can either reinforce or challenge current inequalities, and at the responsibility that artists have to consider the impact of their work in the wider social context.

Tickets available now from Headfirst. The suggested donation of £4 will help us keep the School of Activism as accessible & low-cost as possible, £8 will subsidise a ticket for someone else – but no-one turned away through lack of funds!

The School of Activism 2.0 is a two week programme of workshops, talks and activities brought to you by Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft over the Easter holidays. The workshops are intended to be empowering experiences equipping people with the tools to challenge the status quo, contest power structures and ultimately to change the world.

We learn by doing.
We make our own future.

School of Chativism

If you're feeling hyped about all this educating, and you wanna connect with other SoA students to talk about what you've learnt, and/or discuss the future of ethical social media, then this is for you...

"The School of Chativism is an experimental social media space that will run for the duration of the School of Activism 2.0. This is the place to discuss and share events at SOA2. But it's also a space for questioning what social media currently is, and what it could be, for activists and activism. We can remake it as we go, transform it throughout SOA2.“

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