Before we ask other people to change their actions, behaviour or views we need to start by seeing if we need to change our ways too. That can be uncomfortable, which is why handicrafts can be a great, comforting tool to help us reflect deeply and critically whilst also crafting something that fits … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 2: Inner Protest
Your first of six lessons is conducted by Headteacher Sarah Corbett explaining what she means by ‘gentle protest’ and the three most important foundations to be skilled gentle protesters. This school encourages you to learn by watching and reflecting on the weekly vlogs, taking part in the homework, sharing your comments below (and on … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 1: Gentle Protest
In an age of slacktivism & clicktivism, we need gentle protest more than ever The list of issues that need to be addressed in the world today is seemingly impossible. From large corporations exploiting workers to swell their profit margins or politicians instigating divisive and destructive policies, to the small, everyday acts of discrimination carried out … Continue reading Why We Need To Protest Gently
A message from Headteacher Corbett of The School Of Gentle Protest If we want our world to be more beautiful, kind and fair then shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? Yet, activism often conjures up quick transactional signing of petitions, clicktivism, slacktivism or loud and aggressive ways to demand justice. These ways often build walls … Continue reading Sign Up To The School Of Gentle Protest!
When faced with adversity, what do you do? If Polly Pollet was with you, she’d probably tell you to pick up a ballpoint and draw. On paper, or a wall. Or the back of a skateboard. The Belgian artist has made ballpoint drawings her signature – and her weapon. In her latest project, Polly hopes … Continue reading Polly Pollet, the Female Body and the Power of the Pen
The past few tumultuous months elude simple description. Phrases such as ‘post-truth’, ‘alternative facts’ and ‘oh God, what’s he done now’ are now part and parcel of the news. The more melodramatic amongst us can be heard uttering notions of ‘Trumpaggeddon’. The need for satire In these baffling times, a purposefully distorted notion of … Continue reading In the Face of Trumpaggeddon, We’ve Recruited A Cartoonist
A List of 8 Key Moments In Obama’s Presidency From his inauguration in January 2009, Barack Obama has been a surprisingly divisive figure among the American people, despite being loved by many around the world. But, while some motivations were more personal, others disagreed with his policies or had little faith in his big … Continue reading Bye Bye Barack
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?
Climate change is the greatest human rights issue facing humanity today, and that is how we can fight it. The case In 2012 Olivier De Schutter laid bare this argument in The Guardian, observing that climate change represents an enormous threat to a whole host of human rights: the right to food, the right to water … Continue reading Climate Justice and Human Rights
What is artistic about plotting a graph or drawing a chart? Is there anything creative about collecting, analysing and articulating data? Graphs and charts show relationships between qualitative and quantitative variables; they draw out patterns from raw data. They are representational in a way that traditional art often is not; rather than reproducing the visual world … Continue reading Raw Data And The Artistry Of Interpretation
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