This series of online events, Grassroots: Artmaking and Political Struggle, explores relationships between art, activism and political organising in Britain during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Across six panels over three days, speakers will take a number of different approaches to thinking about how art works and visual culture both interrelate with, and have acted as, catalysts for social change. Papers range from considerations of how artists have created alternative infrastructures, intervened in state organisations, worked together collaboratively, engaged with labour and activist struggles, as well as established channels of production, circulation and distribution. Using feminist, decolonial and queer theoretical approaches, the speakers address how intersections between art making and political struggle in Britain during these decades transformed culture in ways that continue to resonate with the contemporary moment.
Grassroots will take place via Zoom. Please note you will need to book each day separately.
FREE, booking required
If you are unable to attend all of the talks, we will, where possible, be recording the talks and making them available here after the events have taken place.
Grassroots is organised by Catherine Spencer (University of St Andrews) and Amy Tobin (Kettle’s Yard/University of Cambridge). It is supported by UKRI/Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge.