Disability Arts Online and Priya Mistry present Glitter & Guilds: sustainable, collective and member-led structures, Online


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Composite image featuring a laundrette, two black women in overalls, a bottle of glitter and group of children

What if CARROTS were king and not sterling?
What if all that does not GLITTER was GOLD?

Three microfilms from very different exciting maker-doer-arty folk on how they have practically re-Imagined alternative structures for living, working, staying alive and being less lonely. The films will be released on Disability Arts Online in the run-up to a livestreamed discussion on 16 July.

Who are they?

Kitty’s Laundrette (Liverpool)
Kitty’s Launderette, a community business in the Everton/Anfield area of Liverpool, is re-imaging the humble and well loved local launderette. They are providing quality, affordable, ecological laundry facilities, as well as utilising the space as a welcoming community hub where people can gather, sit and socialise.

The Portland Inn Project (Stoke)
A creative arts project for a community in Stoke-on-Trent that aims to achieve community cohesion, economic, social and cultural development by involving the community in the development of a pioneering community space, cultural hub and social enterprise.

Contact (Manchester)
Contact is a theatre and performing arts venue in Manchester where young people change their lives through the arts, and audiences of all ages experience exciting new shows. We are the leading national theatre and arts venue to place young people at the decision-making heart of everything. At Contact, young people aged 13-30 genuinely lead, working alongside staff in deciding the artistic programme, making staff appointments and act as full Board members.

An insight into real-life examples of cultivating structures, economies and creativity that support and sustain good mental and physical health, permeating ways of living and working with agency in difference and a wider distribution of power. Putting people before profit.

Join the commissioned groups to chat and share in a conversation chaired by Priya Mistry via the Disability Arts Online YouTube and Facebook channels. How has their approach to life and work panned out in this pandemic? Does forming more egalitarian, equal, accessible societies and communities work still function in a world turned upside down?

Glitter & Guilds is necessary and is inspired by: Workers’ Co-operative structure/ Artists Guilds / Environmentally Sustainable Practices and the spirit of collective or member-led structures.

Commissioned as part of Disability Arts Online Covid Commissions programme.

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