In the age of uber-celebrity, many musicians fail to engage on a meaningful level. We explore why that’s not okay. Art has an emotive power that supersedes online news feeds and newspapers, allowing people to be outspoken in a way others can’t. But while famous visual artists remain engaged with socio-political issues (e.g. Ai WeiWei), the … Continue reading Did Music Fail Us In 2016?
In the UK, we are lucky enough not to have to finance our own healthcare. Unlike in the US, where even if you have insurance you can be bankrupted by a cancer diagnosis or serious injury, we currently receive the majority of our healthcare services without having to pay a bill the size of Westminster. … Continue reading Scribble 9: Emergency care and frontline services
I sometimes work in the emergency department of a large hospital in a phone-answering, stapler-loading, paperwork-herding capacity. If there’s a medical emergency, I know where the hole-punch is, should it be needed. On the picket lines in recent weeks I’ve overheard a variety of comments from members of the public. Here’s a small selection. The … Continue reading Scribble 7: Junior Doctors’ strike
It’s week two! Come on in, sit down, have a biscuit. This week’s posts and poems will focus on voices from the NHS and the idea of access to healthcare as a basic human right. I think it’s fair to say that the NHS is one of our nation’s most precious assets. You can walk … Continue reading Scribble 6: Privatisation of the NHS
So, in an earlier post I wondered how damaging words can actually be. Today I’ve been listening to some voices whose views teeter precariously between legality and, well, breaking the law. These are views that could be considered as hate speech. The problem with classifying hate speech is that it is often subjective. Some of … Continue reading Scribble 4: Hate speech
Discussing the exhibition he recently curated in Lincoln to commemorate Magna Carta, Gallant explains why and where freedom lies today Housed in The Collection perched on Lincoln’s hillside, the three-part contemporary art exhibition Freedom Lies aimed to put the ‘today’ back into Magna Carta commemorations. Creatively displaying a variety of challenging films, the exhibition dealt with hard-hitting rights … Continue reading Freedom Lies: an interview with Ashley Gallant
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