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DIY in the arts

Venue: Online

Bring your ideas and your independent spirit to this part-presentation, part-workshop to explore how artists can make and sustain their own opportunities when established institutions are struggling to do so, and what independence looks like after the pandemic. Online.

What does it mean to ‘do-it-yourself’ in the arts today? How can artists make and sustain their own opportunities when established institutions are struggling to do so? And what does independence look like after the pandemic?     
Drawing on his research into punk subcultures, guerrilla film makers, and live artists in the US and UK, Lewis Church leads this discussion of the future of making your own art on your own terms. Part-presentation and part-workshop, bring your ideas, your independent spirit and your willingness to think outside of funding structures, evaluation frameworks, and established career pathways.      
Dr Lewis Church is an academic, writer, and dramaturg. His research in concerned with experimental performance, subcultures and censorship, and is currently focused on the new culture war of the early 21st century and its intersections with theatre, performance, and live art. This has been published in PAJ, The First Line, Punk & Post-Punk, and the forthcoming collection Theatre in a Post-Truth World: Text, Politics and Performance. Other writing includes interviews and features with punk legends Penny Rimbaud, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, and rebel artists Guerrilla Girls, AA Bronson, Vaginal Davis, and Poppy Jackson. As an artist and producer he has worked with Ron Athey, Franko B, Bobby Baker, Split Britches, Sh!t Theatre and others. He has taught at Birkbeck since 2018, as well as at other institutions in London and Edinburgh. 

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This event is part of Arts Week 2022.


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