SPEAKERS

On the 22nd of March, we will be joined by the following speakers:

 

Phoebe Davies

Phoebe is a Welsh artist and researcher based at Somerset House Studios. Her practice investigates how people perceive their social framework, often working with and in response to individuals and communities, generating work through collaboration, collective action and DIT* (Do It Together) strategies. Her outcomes are often project dependent, including: constructed social spaces, live performances, video, audio and print works. Recent projects have led her to work with male sports teams, sex educators, farmers, secondary school students, elderly care homes and DJs, as well as arts spaces and institutions. 

She currently co-facilitates three research groups: Bedfellows, a sex re-education research project; Synaptic Island, a womxn and non-binary DJ collective based at Corsica Studios; and Art is Action, a social practice research group led by UK based producers.

In 2015 she was awarded the British Council Social Practice Fellowship for the International Cultural Exchange US Program. 

 

Hamja Ahsan

Hamja is an artist, curator, writer on contemporary art, and human rights activist based in London. He ran the DIY Cultures festival since 2013, the UK’s largest Zine and DIY activist festival, and was shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award for his work on prisoners, extradition and war on terror.

His book Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert is a documentation of the political demands of shy people. This anti-systemic manifesto is a quiet and thoughtful polemic, a satire that uses anti-colonial theory to build a critique of dominant extrovert-supremacist culture and the rising tide of Islamophobia. 

 

Dan Glass

Dan is an award-winning activist, academic, performer and writer who was named as one of Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth and a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’.

An agitator from the Training for Transformation educational programme borne out of the anti-Apartheid movement, the core of Dan’s work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity to spur people to “read their reality and write their own history”.

 

Members of the London Poster Workshop

A group of activists set up the London Poster Workshop in a basement in Camden Town in the summer of 1968, and for two years, until its closure, provided silkscreen posters for different activist groups, on a “pay what you can afford” basis. The designs were created on the spot and were inspired in part by the Atelier Populaire, which had resulted from the occupation of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, in May ‘68.