Arts activism and community participation

Chris Chalkley talks about art and activism as a tactic and the People’s Republic of Stokescroft, which provides spaces for artists in Bristol to create public artworks and share their work, engaging with community around a range of social and political issues.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

Siana Bangura talks about the wide range of tactics used by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT). The organisation works collaboratively with similar organisations to campaign against the international arms trade on intersecting issues for a world where conflict is resolved without the use of force.

Craigielea Care Home Dispute

Keith Hodgson tells the story of Craigielea Care Home in the North East of England, UK. After blowing the whistle on the poor treatment of residents and going on strike, some care home staff were sacked. Keith helped create a high profile campaign using music and performance to raise awareness and the staff successfully found new jobs in their local area.

Door-to-door poet

Rowan McCabe is the UK’s first door-to-door poet. He talks about the tactics he uses to engage with people – knocking on doors all over the country, asking members of different communities what they care about, and what subjects he should write and recite poetry about.

Fashion and social justice

Professor Helen Storey describes her work with Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp in Jordan, particularly women and girls, gain creative and economic power through making clothes, growing vegetables, creating businesses, dancing, and poetry.

Legacy of Empire

Professor Gurminder Bhambra explains the extent of wealth extraction from former British colonies to fund British institutions and the idea that an economically just world is about human value and fair distribution.

Living Song CIC

Jane Wheeler tells the story of founding Living Song CIC, rooted in Newham, East London, and centred around singing. By providing opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to develop a sense of self and connections with each other, Living Song builds community through the belief that singing is for all and helps people unite, with their differences.

PSOOL – Police Spies Out Of Lives

PSOOL was established in 2012 by eight women who had been political activists to bring a legal case against the Metropolitan Police for deploying undercover police officers into their personal lives, including deceptive intimate relationships with them. It began as a support group and expanded to campaigning for justice and change to prevent such deception.

Theatre, class and economic injustice

Luke Aaron tells his story, coming from a rural working class area in the Forest of Dean, experiencing a lack of access to jobs, housing support and opportunities. Now, as a drama student in London, Luke’s experiences inform his work – he uses theatre as a means to give voice to those facing economic injustice.