Monday, 19 May 2014

part & parcel

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Part and Parcel
Venue: The Tetley, Leeds
Date: Saturday 24th May 2014
Time: 12-4pm
Free event, just drop in...

In commemoration of the life of Nelson Mandela, artists Anne-Marie Atkinson and Clare McCormack invite members of the public to engage in conversations about the right to protest and speak out about what you believe. Take part in a shared creative opportunity to produce postcards, letters and artworks that will bring colour, light and hope into the cells of prisoners of conscience around the world.

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison for his part in the struggle against apartheid. Many people around the world continue to be imprisoned for their political beliefs, or for protesting against injustice.

Part and Parcel invites you to learn about political prisoners, some far away and some much closer to home, and create a piece of artwork to send them. This simple act shows solidarity with people imprisoned for their beliefs, connects them to a wider community and acts as a reminder that they are not alone in striving for a better world.

All are welcome. We will provide a variety of materials, as well as templates for those who’d like help to get started.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

syria speaks on tour

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Syria Speaks is an anthology of uprising literature, art and culture, showcasing the work of over fifty artists and writers who are challenging the culture of violence in Syria with creative resistance.

Syria Speaks is a celebration of a people determined to reclaim their dignity, freedom and self-expression. Join Syrian artists and writers at events across the UK for readings and discussions on cultural resistance in the country.

The Syria Speaks UK tour will feature, together with the book co-authors Malu Halasa and Zaher Omareen, writer Khaled Khalifa, videoartist Khalil Younes, writer Robin Yassin-Kassab.

Tour dates, poster, and more details here:

making art, making media, making change

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Making Art, Making Media, Making Change!
Call for Submissions for zines, comics and other queer-feminist material to build up a resource collection Are you writing a zine, drawing a comic, or producing posters, flyers and other visual material with a queer-feminist approach? Would you like your materials to be accessible to young people, to get them thinking and to encourage them to become active themselves?
The science communication project "Making Art, Making Media, Making Change!" (funded by the Austrian-Science Fund) aims to introduce young people between 12 and 26 years, especially girls* and young women*, to the wide field of queer-feminist culture and media production. At the same time we invite them to become active cultural and media producers, to ask critical questions about power structures and to open up new possibilities for action in order to initiate social change.
However, getting access to queer-feminist cultural projects or alternative media can often be a real challenge as these materials are rarely collected or documented on a large scale. Information or the publications themselves often remain inaccessible for interested people. That's where we would like to intervene by building up a resource collection of zines, comics, posters and other visual material, that in the near future should be distributed via (school) libraries, youth / girl* / cultural centers, book mobiles etc.
We are looking for a range of materials (zines, comics, flyers, posters and so on) in order to choose from this pool of submissions. One important and central criterion is a clear queer-feminist background, connected to an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-ableist etc. self-understanding. We are especially interested in material dealing with different aspects of DIY-culture or/and that questions, discusses and criticizes social and political structures, such as social hierarchies and exclusions, gender roles and norms. In addition, we are looking for material that deals with discrimination, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.
Please send your material including your contact details (name and email) and further info about you and your project until

June 30, 2014 to

Stefanie Grünangerl
Schwerpunkt Wissenschaft & Kunst (Universität Salzburg & Mozarteum Salzburg)
Programmbereich Contemporary Arts & Cultural Production
Bergstraße 12, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
We are looking forward to your participation and your exciting material
Elke Zobl, Ricarda Drüeke and Stefanie Grünangerl
(Project team)
If you have any further questions just contact: or 0043 (0)662 8044-2385
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