Category Archives: Politics

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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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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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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A vote for austerity is a vote for death

Warning – this post is quite upsetting, if you are depressed, or likely to become so, have something handy to cheer you up at the end.  Any other human being – have some tissues handy… This came into the Artists … Continue reading

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Towards a Progressive Arts Policy – cultural contracts

This week gone by has been another big week for talking about the arts and where we are headed.  I was unable to attend the RSA/Arts Council event on their proposal for a Cultural Contract.  I did however watch the … Continue reading

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Dear Labour

Dear Labour I used to love you.  I’d like us to get back together, but you’ll have to change.  It’s not me it’s you. Once, long ago, that time before, when you weren’t in power, I loved you then.  Not … Continue reading

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