Creative Unions Free Movement of Culture

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 10:00am to Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 12:00am

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NAFAE, PARADOX, ELIA, UK Fine Art Departments

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Beaconsfield Gallery, ,
22 Newport Street
SE11 6AY
United Kingdom

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Borders are a concept and a reality that restrict and permit people in different measure. Physical, social, psychological, they hold slow and they hold fast. 

Creative Unions: Free Movement of Culture is a two day international artist gathering where the only desire is to make space to ask questions and share different forms of knowledge about what is proximate to us now; culturally, socially, historically, geographically, personally and politically. And it invites you. In fact, it invites you plus one.  

CUFMC is a platform and exchange where individuals occupy space/s, sound and listen. It welcomes self-defining recent graduates to produce, provoke and participate in a convivial space where considerations around cooperation and cultural agency foreground any objects, images or situations we might create.  

CUFMC is an open forum for sharing and debate rooted in the experience of cultural producers as active, global citizens with common insights, intentions and senses that unite; even when interpretations are undecided or conflicted.  

The hosts, (Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis, Paul Haywood and Basia Sliwinska) actively welcome marginalised voices and those interested in maintaining and extending cultural freedoms beyond the reach of political institutions.  

CUFMC asks you to: a.Bring a friend, colleague, family member or associate based in/from another country than you. This may be; in person, through social media, on the other end of a phone, by virtue of collaborative co-produced content or any other way you can establish. b.     Plan something to share (a game, a rant, a movement, an art) and express something to gain (knowledge, experience, contact). c.     Be available 13/14 September, 14.00-21.00 and 10.00-12.00 respectively.  

CUFMC can: Plan, provide and facilitate a welcoming environment conducive to exchange. Help with technical requirements and other support.  

CUFMC cannot: Provide accommodation, transport or meals (v sadly). Tell you the answers or predict the results.  

Our project partners: NAFAE (National Association for Fine Art Education), PARADOX (European Fine Art Forum), ELIA (European League of Institutes of Art) and a small cluster of UK Fine Art Departments working through the Erasmus links.

“Creative Unions is an initiative of Central Saint Martins and the other colleges of University of the Arts London bringing together events, actions and voices.” #CreativeUnions

Participants are asked to register for the event via a form here:

Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis are an artist duo that orchestrate situations and very often work in the public realm. Sometimes the work is the experience and therefore transitory, and at other times it manifests in publication, installation or film. They are interested in how art can puncture and punctuate activating the social imaginary with gestures, play and interventionist actions. Their practice is expanded, and spills out into their self-organising and the (exceptionally good) band Molejoy. Their work commonly cites specific lineages such as feminist consciousness raising and dada-esque rejections of logic or value.

Kerri and Sophie recently contributed to Teaching for People Who Prefer not to Teach edited by Rosalie Schweiker and Mirjam Bayerdörfer, completed Less Navels, March! March! An online/offline residency on The White Pube, collaborated with members of Ultra-red during the Antiuniversity Festival and were invited to instigate at both Feminist Emergency (Birkbeck University) and What is Feminist Pedagogy? (Valland Academy).

Questions? Please contact us at: with the subject title ‘Creative Unions questions.’