Hallelujah Money; A Psychedelic Journey Through Our Obsession with Money

Gorillaz new music video absolutely nails our materialistic society  Virtual superband Gorillaz have released a new album, Humanz. The first track off the album is ‘Hallelujah Money’ featuring Benjamin Clementine, it is an eery parody of our materialistic society. Watch the video below, what words would you use to describe how it made you feel? … Continue reading Hallelujah Money; A Psychedelic Journey Through Our Obsession with Money

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 11: The right to an independent life

Greetings! Happy egg season. This week I’ll explore the way that policy and societal attitudes affect disabled people and people with communication challenges in terms of their right to freedom of expression. In recent times, people who depend on disability benefit seem to have suffered disproportionately as a result of government cuts. Statistics from the … Continue reading Scribble 11: The right to an independent life

Tales from the frontline: a conversation with Shey Hargreaves

Halfway through her four-week digital poetry residency, we talked to writer Shey Hargreaves about her work, why even bad jobs are about more than just paying the bills, and her frontline experience of recent cuts to healthcare in this country Hi Shey, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work? I’m a bit … Continue reading Tales from the frontline: a conversation with Shey Hargreaves

Scribble 8: Tick-box care

Access to good healthcare for all costs money and I think there’s no way around that. I’m also pretty sure most people are happy to pay for it. Wherever cuts are made to frontline services, they will surely cause damage. Recently I was out in the countryside with some friends when one of our group … Continue reading Scribble 8: Tick-box care

Scribble 7: Junior Doctors’ strike

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

Shey Hargreaves: ‘First / Preheat the oven to surplus’

Shey Hargreaves sums up after her first week as poet-in-residence and presents a new poem made from two found texts: George Osborne’s Budget 2016 speech and a recipe for fudge almond cake… The coming of the digital age has heralded huge changes in the way our freedom to express ourselves is managed by our government and … Continue reading Shey Hargreaves: ‘First / Preheat the oven to surplus’

Michael Landy: Break Down

Artist Michael Landy publicly destroyed all his possessions in a physical manifestation of ‘mind over matter’ In February 2001, artist Michael Landy installed a custom waste disposal facility in the former C&A department store on London’s busy Oxford Street. Over the following two weeks, as shoppers looked in through the large plate-glass windows, he systematically … Continue reading Michael Landy: Break Down

Funding the Visual Ecology: Modern Art Oxford

Director of Modern Art Oxford Paul Hobson speaks up in the paying artists debate, pledging total commitment to artists’ remuneration Should we pay artists to exhibit in publicly funded galleries? The Paying Artists organisation believes the answer is yes, and has been campaigning to promote artists’ rights to remuneration. Although the campaign’s demands present a … Continue reading Funding the Visual Ecology: Modern Art Oxford

Payment in a Diverse Landscape: Beyond the Gallery

Three Manchester School of Art researchers, Amanda Ravetz, Jack Roberts and Lucy Wright, explain complexities in the relationships between artists’ reputation and remuneration Complex questions surround artists’ engagement and relationship with galleries. What does gallery representation mean for practising artists? Should those exhibiting in galleries be paid? If so, how much and by whom? Why … Continue reading Payment in a Diverse Landscape: Beyond the Gallery