For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

26th & 27th May 2017

This project is a collaboration between Radar and Loughborough University’s Dr Gillian Whiteley and Dr Jane Tormey, RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa), bringing together research in to the radical traditions of the political pamphlet and contemporary art practice.

Comprising a two day public event and the production of a new book: Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer (published part of the RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa) book series with Bloomsbury) For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet is a two-day research and public ‘festival’ event responding to research into the political pamphlet and exploring the relevance of the pamphlet for contemporary art practice. There is also an exhibition of pamphlets at Charnwood Museum.

Artists and collectives invited to create work for the event include: Ruth Beale, Freee, Ferenc Gróf, Patrick Goddard, Little Riot Press, Ciara Phillips and Rory Pilgrim.

I was asked by RADAR to work with participants in the community to develop a new pamphlet and run a workshop on Saturday 27th May in Queens Park. I worked with participants of Charnwood Arts creative groups, RawArt, ManCraft and MakeSpace. We created a collaborative fabric pamphlet filled with ‘Little Acts of Kindness’…

Participants came up with the idea for ‘Little Acts of Kindness’. Feeling fed up with all the negative news it was agreed that acts of kindness often go unrecognised in day to day life and yet it’s these acts that show our humanity and form social bonds. This pamphlet is our way of highlighting and celebrating the seemingly insignificant.

Leicester Riot Grrrls, Jacqui Booth and Jemma Bagley, were also at the park on Saturday to launch their new zine…

And despite the wind on Saturday we had a lovely time, making new pamphlets and new friends.