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Image. Unapologetic Coughing, Youngsook Choi,
Raven Row 2020, in support of Asia-Art-Activism. Photo Credit: Nurri Kim


Video visual description. The two conference curators: James a middle aged White British man with a moustache and glasses on the left, and Cecilia a middle aged, East Asian British woman with glasses on the right. James has a red background, Cecilia has a blue background. They speak directly into the camera.

Heart of Glass’ 5th With For About conference responds to the additional challenges that Covid-19 creates for many marginalised people and communities, asking:

  • What creative solutions have marginalised people developed to survive before Covid-19?
  • What creative ways of being and organising are being made now in response to Covid-19?
  • How do we embed and share these solutions, ways of being and organising now and into the future?

From Wednesday 27 May 2020 weekly presentations, performances and provocations brought together a range of voices and experience from across the world.  Themes will be mixed together to allow a truly intersectional understanding of CARE WORK | CLASS |  COLONIALISM | DISABILITY | ECOLOGY | FEMINISM | LAW | MENTAL HEALTH | MIGRATION | MUTUAL AID | INTERNATIONAL ORGANISING | LGBTQ+ | RACISM | SOCIAL PRACTICE | SURVEILLANCE  – all under the framework of Justice and Rights based approaches.

We wilfully ask in facing this crisis, another ten years of austerity, ecological collapse, harsher borders, more racism and deeper ableism within deeply divided societies – how can artists, activists and organisations make vital change within our communities and beyond?

Featuring international artists, activists and academics:

Ahreum Woo, Hwa Young Jung, Youngju Kim (KOR) | Alexis Maxwell  (GBR) | AM Kanngieser (AUS) | Banmanya Brian (Afrorack) (UGA) | Bella with Selina Thompson (GBR) | Bobby Baker (GBR) | Cassie Thornton (CAN/USA) | Cecilia Ashaley and Esenam Drah (GHA) with Dr Ursula Read (GBR) |  Cheng Xinhao (CHN) | Delson Weekes with Vicki Hawkins of Blink Dance Theatre | Disabled Avant Garde (GBR) | Dr Emma Young (GBR) | Fox Irving (Women’s Working Class) (GBR) | Prof. Rita Giacaman and Dr Weeam Hammoudeh (PSE) with Dr Hanna Kienzler (GBR) | Jamal Gerald (GBR) | Jesse Presley Jones with Mairin de Burca (IRL) | Johanna Hedva (USA/DEU) | Lois Weaver (GBR) | Martin O’Brien (GBR) | Marjorie H Morgan (GBR) Migrants in Culture (GBR) | Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa (Black Power Naps) (Nomadic) | Neil Bartlett (GBR) | No White Saviors (UGA) | Kat Salas and Matilda Bickers (STROLL PDX) with Roya Amirsoleymani (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) (USA) | Touretteshero (GBR) |  | Youngsook Choi (GBR) | Zwoisy Mears-Clarke (DEU) and more.

Curated and hosted by artist and mental health activist ‘the vacuum cleaner’ and curator and agitator Cecilia Wee.