How can it be for everyone, more of the time
We want art to be less narrow in its reach,
we want cultural spaces to feel like they’re for everyone; we want politics and resistance to be part of every day life.
If art has a role to play in modelling a progressive society (we think it does) it means asking questions about how power works. How do we bring readings of power to what we do? How do we understand how power functions around us, including within art and culture?
We believe in cultural democratisation, and cultural reparation. Reparation, be it for Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem, or young people in the South Wales Valleys. We want to work in ways that address the historical disinheritance – cultural, economic, political – of people who have yet to experience the power they are consistently told is available to them.
To do this work, we collaborate with community activists, campaigners, educators, researchers, faith practitioners, historians, artists, writers, journalists and many others. Together, our aim is to change the way power works. That feels hard, but it’s probably the most important thing culture can do at this time.
The values of anti-racism, ecology, feminism and intersectionalism are central to the project. Dialogue is also central. The conversation should be open to everyone. We believe art should be useful to society.