5th April 2018
I attended the Artist Talk with Ailie Rutherford, Liam Geary Baulch and Rosana Cade.
Ailie Rutherford continues to explore creative methods and approaches to activism, looking at how this exciting mix of activists, campaigners, disrupters and creative people work together.
In April Ailie has invited artists Liam Geary Baulch and Rosana Cade.
Liam Geary Baulch is an artist and activist, working with the structures of dance and song to creatively engage audiences in climate change, activism and other questions about the world. @GearyBaulch
Art the Arms Fair is a project which aims to expose the worlds largest arms fair by hosting a diverse cultural event attracting wider audiences than traditional protest, in 2017 they hosted poets, musicians, comedians, and exhibited 146 art works including an original Banksy which raised £205,000 for anti-arms campaigns at auction. @ArtTheArmsFair
Rosana Cade is a performance maker based in Glasgow. Whilst the form of her performance work varies and emerges in relation to the specific process or context she is engaging with, it is firmly rooted in a queer feminist discourse and straddles live art and activism.
ʻWalking:Holdingʼ is a subtle, experiential performance that involves one audience member at a time walking through the city holding hands with a range of different people on a carefully designed route. Born out of a series of ʻholding hands experimentsʼ in Glasgow, with both same sex and mixed sex couples, the piece asks people to challenge prejudices in the flesh, and experience first hand what it is to walk in someone elseʼs shoes – or hands.
Liam Geary Baulch
Liam spoke about the Arms at the Arts Fair Exhibition which formed part of a series of protests against the Arms Fair that is regularly held in London. A call out for work was placed for Activism related works and a diverse collection of work was collected, from known names such as the Geurilla Girls and Banksy to students and members of the general public.
Whilst the world’s largest arms fair is selling weapons at the ExCel Centre, Art the Arms Fair will be highlighting the inhumanity of the arms trade through an art exhibition.
Art created at the Day of Creative Action, work that has been sent by artists across the UK, and art from the local community will be exhibited. The art works will be for sale to support the work of Campaign Against Arms Trade.
Rosana discussed her work called Walking – Holding where members of the public held hands with participants and walked through the streets along a predefined route providing the opportunity to experience their surroundings from someone elses perspective.
For the past five years, I have been touring Walking:Holding, which takes one audience member at a time on a walk through their town or city, and invites them to hold hands with six different individuals along the way. The hand-holders are local participants who range in age, gender, race, sexuality and background. The idea is to give people an opportunity to experience their hometown from someone else’s perspective; and to see what can happen when you share an intimate act with a complete stranger.
I developed the performance in Glasgow in response to my own experiences. My first girlfriend was much older than me and wanted to hold my hand everywhere, which was fine in London but felt completely different and difficult in the small Hertfordshire town where I grew up. Another partner in Glasgow preferred not to draw attention to herself. Hand-holding always felt like a complex act – the tussle between visibility and risk, public and private intimacy, activism and fear.
13th March 2018
I returned to attend the workshop with Conwy Peace Group. I found the general discussion around potential ideas for artistic and creative ways to protest against Armed Forces Day.
9th March 2018
Tonight was the Opening Night for the Creative Activism Exhibition at Tedder House in Llandudno.
I provided the six pieces of work that I had offered for the exhibition. Also I took along the sketchbook from the same project and the video from my Extended Practice module.
Below is the link to the video I submitted on Vimeo.
6th March 2018
Below is the content of the email I sent to Culture Action Llandudno submitting work to be exhibited in the Art Activism Exhibition on Friday 9th March 2018.
Hello thereI am writing to ask if I may exhibit some work at the Art Activism Exhibition Open Evening this coming Friday. I am a final year student on the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Coleg Menai.Attached are some images of the pieces I would like to exhibit. As a group of work they are called “No Pun(k) Intended” and each piece is A3 portrait in size. They are all mounted on Foam Board and can either be affixed directly to a wall or hung onto cup hooks using bull dog clips.I have also attached an Artist Statement and Biography too.I look forward to hearing from you.Best WishesMichelle Wright
Below are the pieces of work that I have submitted.