ARTS AGAINST CUTS CALL OUT FOR THE DIRECT WEEKEND

Sat 15th – Sun 16th January
Location and times tbc.

Following on from the fantastic Long Weekend at Goldsmiths in December, the Turner Prize Tate and National Gallery teach-ins, the Book Bloc and the many occupations and actions that emerged from the weekend, Arts Against Cuts are organising another weekend of action, planning, imagining, working and thinking together.

CALL OUT FOR:
* Proposals for workshops and talks. If you are proposing a talk, we ask you to consider keeping it to around 20 minutes and linking it to a follow up workshop/action.
* Materials – please bring any card, fabric, paints, screen printing inks etc that you can spare.
* Ideas/volunteers for facilitating a creche for the weekend.

Please email artsagainstcuts@gmail.com as soon as you can.

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The Direct Weekend will follow on from what we have learned from the actions, teach-ins and occupations that came out of the Long Weekend in December, and what we need to do next. We will reclaim the public, critical space that universities and art schools should be. We will transform the buildings into a living laboratory, an art school for the future, which brings together art students, artists, cultural workers and those fighting the cuts from across the UK to share in defiance against the relentless marketization of our education and our lives. We will share knowledge and skills; we will collaborate across disciplines, ages and backgrounds; we will turn our imagination and desires into tools of disobedience. We will make sure that all the knowledge, ideas,tools and projects which emerge from the event will be disseminated and put into action in streets and public spaces across the country and be shared by all those in the anti-cuts movements. The Direct Weekend will be a feast of non stop workshops and presentations, slide shows and films, how-to sessions and skill shares, and a free space for spontaneous creation of events, actions and expressions. Its not important what art is but what it does, and right now it has the potential to turn the crisis of cuts into an opportunity for change.