COMMUNIST GALLERY WEEKENDER- LOUD AND PROUD
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd FEBRUARY 2014
The Union Bar, Hastings
57 Cambridge Rd, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1EL
Big Thanks to Kate Renwick and the Union Bar Team!
There are two ways you can contribute:
1) Come in person, set your work up and meet us!
We welcome all submissions that are in response to the current social, political and economic climate
This work will become part of an ongoing process and evolving social discourse. The setting up of work for public engagement will be undertaken in a spirit of comradely cooperation. The project is unfunded; our strength is cooperation and solidarity.
We will start to arrange the space at 10am on Saturday 22nd to open for 2.00pm
We invite you to enter into ongoing discussion forums over the weekend.
2) Make a one minute film to be projected as part of a new Communist Gallery show reel. Films for this option must be no longer than one minute and must be sent via email or dropbox to:
We’d also really welcome a short statement about how you see the social function of art. Although this isn’t obligatory it would really help us in formulating a common statement on Sunday 23rd about what the Communist Gallery can and should be. Your statement could even be in the form of a drawing, cartoon or diagram.
This needn’t be daunting….
Tell us how you find time to make work and what it means to you. This can be surprisingly important as we live in a time when benefits are being savaged and paid working hours are being extended and people have to find other ways of making things due to lack of resources and studio space. What you say could help others.
or if you fancy it –
Think about the link between art practice and politics in more detail. These statements will be printed by us and displayed for people to see during the weekend so as to inform and provoke discussion.
These are some of the things we have been addressing so far:
– the freedom of art appears like a totem for critical social freedom, but to what ends? Acknowledging the reality of class antagonism in its fullest sense, who does this ‘image of freedom’ serve?
– exclusion often accompanies critique and this negates the aim of changing the social and economic relations that determine distribution of resources and ownership of property necessary for public interaction with art.
– we have the fiction that art is independent rather than interdependent. Real autonomy is a position in relation to other social relations that we are able to investigate unimpeded; it is neutralized when fetishised as an unquestioned ‘image of freedom’ within narrow unacknowledged constraints. Social conditions affect how many people have access to and how easy it is to gain time and resources to practice the activities that get labeled and reified as art.
– this involves working together to create a culture, which is always collective and social where as making can take place on an individual basis. We need to work together to gain the necessary resources to make work, put it in a place where there is public interface and then work with others to develop a discourse where we can decide what is important and why.
Here is the link to an article about our introductory evening in December- INTRODUCTORY EVENING UNION BAR
Thanks to Kate Renwick and Carbon Copy Creatives Team