Author Archives: debdavemason

Whales of South London

I decided to take up the #inktober challenge and make a drawing a day in October (I’m a bit late but maybe I’ll catch up) and to add an additional challenge to that of making each drawing about something I … Continue reading

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Is Westworld more feminist than it looks?

I’ve only just caught up with Westworld, I had put off watching it based on my experience of the original movie, which I didn’t like. It turns out I loved Westworld the TV show!  I was at a meeting recently … Continue reading

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Counter Culture White Paper

I have set up a small project to create a ‘Counter Culture White Paper’ partly in response to the recent DCMS White Paper but also as a way of bringing together all the thinking that has been happening in various … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month

Not only does International Women’s Day fall in March, it turns out it is also Women’s History Month. As you will all know from previous posts I’m interested in local history and politics and I recently made this list of … Continue reading

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Has Old Vic lost her way?

On Tuesday this week, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations, I was street-canvassing for the Women’s Equality Party in Waterloo. We had decided to wait outside the Old Vic for the audience from their Gender Debate to exit – … Continue reading

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The shadow street

As part of the work I am doing for my Artist in Residence project, I have been inspired by conversations with my neighbours – and the loan of some old maps by one of them, to look into the past … Continue reading

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An experiment at home

Throughout 2015 I looked at adverts for Artist in Residence schemes. I even applied for a few. Most of them were in schools and the briefs seemed to make the artist themselves the focus of the project. They would work … Continue reading

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Taking a stand

Last week I received an email from both the leader of the Women’s Equality Party and my local branch (Lambeth), asking people to consider standing as candidates in the London, Welsh and Scottish Assembly elections in 2016. It is a … Continue reading

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Post Capitalist Creation

This is a slightly extended version of a talk I gave last night at the first Gobo networking night.  Gobo is a new digital ‘match-making’ service for venues and theatre-makers – it’s launching soon and you can find out more … Continue reading

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Aspiration, poverty & art

I haven’t blogged for a while but a couple of things recently made me start thinking about this all over again. One was the article by Dawn Foster on the ‘poverty mindset’ (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/30/poverty-negative-spiral-fear-self-loathing ) providing rather harder evidence than my … Continue reading

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