Art & Dissent

Britain riots

Title: Art & Dissent
Location: MadLab
Description: Discussion and debate on the recent riots, that affected parts of Britain.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2011-09-03
End Time: 17:00

The riots that affected parts of Britain recently have been the occasion for much debate: what were the causes? What would be an appropriate response from government/local council to those involved? What can be done to ensure further riots do not occur?

This discussion is to consider what, if any, obligations/responsibilities in the aftermath of the riots are now incumbent upon people involved in creative work of every kind.

Is it necessary now for artists to concentrate on making work critiquing the ruling elite and/or demonstrating solidarity with the alienated populace?

Is it still even important that art is made?

Can art be a means to enable people to experience greater levels of engagement with their society?

Should art be calling for a complete re-organization of society?


We believe that discussion and debate is necessary to analyse the events that took place on our streets this August and to reaffirm the postion of the artist in these times.

Please come to MadLab on September 3rd, 15:00-17:00 to make your views known.

This event is open to artists of all disciplines.