5 Ways to Make People-Powered Art

1215.today’s Innovation Labs enable artists and audiences to experiment together on making truly collaborative digital art. The Innovation Labs open up the artistic process by inviting artists, gamers, vloggers, makers and creative technologists to explore a Magna Carta-inspired provocation set by an artist. So what did we learn from our first Innovation Lab? Let’s take a … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make People-Powered Art

Gill Barron: 1215 And All That

Eight hundred years on from Runnymede, Magna Carta is being trumpeted as a universally Good Thing. But good for whom? Should we make a new treaty with our still-wicked Rulers? This article originally appeared in The Land, issue 18, summer 2015 When eminent lawyer Lord Denning described Magna Carta as ‘the foundation of the freedom of the … Continue reading Gill Barron: 1215 And All That

Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression online

Well, I never. Here I am with the final post of my digital residency with 1215.today. Over the last month I’ve researched topics ranging from palliative care to prisons. I’ve created new work from found texts including political speeches and WhatsApp conversations between refugees and aid workers. I’ve watched poetry in British Sign Language for … Continue reading Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression online

Scribble 19: Courts of Protection

There are times when the law has to make decisions on behalf of people who lack capacity; that is to say, who are unable for one reason or another to make these decisions for themselves. These cases will be brought before the Court of Protection, and are often heard and judged without the presence of … Continue reading Scribble 19: Courts of Protection

Scribble 18: Rights to take away

In 2014 the then Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, proposed a ban on prisoners receiving parcels containing items such as books. This ban was revoked the year after, having been deemed ‘unlawful’. Of course people in prison have some of their rights taken away. But denying them access to books, which can engage them, help with … Continue reading Scribble 18: Rights to take away

Scribble 17: The right to legal aid

In 2013, the government proposed changes to legal aid that financially rewarded lawyers if their client pleaded guilty, and cost them money if a case went to trial. In January of this year, justice secretary Michael Gove withdrew cuts to legal aid fees and also a proposed contract-tendering procedure that would have seen a reduction … Continue reading Scribble 17: The right to legal aid

Scribble 16: The citizenship test

Have you ever tried to do an example of the UK citizenship test? I have, and I failed miserably. The test is a mix of historical, cultural and English language questions, as far as I can gather, and is renowned for factual inaccuracies and for demanding knowledge of the applicant that even a British-born person … Continue reading Scribble 16: The citizenship test

Scribble 15: Human rights get lost at sea

This is my final week as Digital Poet in Residence at 1215.today, and I’m going to use it to explore a mixture of situations in which a person or group of people’s human rights are contravened in some way. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes it very clear what human rights are, and that … Continue reading Scribble 15: Human rights get lost at sea

Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression, not free for everyone

My friend Sarah, who has a PhD and thus should know about these things, has a theory that the current government is slowly but surely creating an environment in which disabled people cannot thrive. She thinks that recent cuts, policy changes and restrictions placed on access to benefits for disabled people are a deliberate attempt … Continue reading Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression, not free for everyone

Scribble 14: Communication aids

This week I’ve talked about how, by and large, we in the UK are free to express ourselves as we wish, within certain broad boundaries defined by hate speech legislation, defamation law and so on. Wonderful though this may be for many of us, some UK citizens are actually denied this right. They are people … Continue reading Scribble 14: Communication aids