With For About 2020, a slow conference for a fast evolving crisis

The 5th With For About conference that took place online between  27 May and 17 June tried to respond 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? The event’s guest curators – artist and mental health activist ‘the vacuum cleaner’ and curator and agitator Cecilia Wee willfully 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?

Themes were mixed together to allow a truly intersectional understanding of care work, class, colonialism, disability, ecology, feminism, mental health, migration, lgbtq+, racism, surveillance  – all under the framework of Justice and Rights based approaches.

Featuring international artists, activists and academics:

AM Kanngieser (AUS) |  Banmanya Brian (Afrorack) (UGA) | Bella with Selina Thompson (GBR) | Cassie Thornton (CAN/USA) | Cathy Cross with Children from Lansbury Bridge and Broad Oak, St Helens (GBR) | Fox Irving (Women’s Working Class) (GBR) | Prof. Rita Giacaman and Dr Weeam Hammoudeh (PSE) with Dr Hanna Kienzler (GBR)| Jesse Presley Jones (IRL) | Johanna Hedva (USA/DEU) | Migrants in Culture (GBR) | Lois Weaver (GBR) | Martin O’Brien (GBR) | Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa (Black Power Naps) (Nomadic) | Neil Bartlett (GBR) | Kat Salas and Matilda Bickers (STROLL PDX) with Roya Amirsoleymani (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) (USA) | Touretteshero (GBR) | Cecilia Ashaley and Esenam Drah (GHA) with Dr Ursula Read (GBR) | Youngsook Choi (GBR) and more.

All episodes below

Final episode from 17th June

Third episode from 10th June

Second episode from 3rd June

First episode from the 27th May

More details on programme and contributors

With For About 2020 is made by Heart of Glass in partnership with Live Art Development Agency (UK), Create Ireland, Gessnerallee (Switzerland), Sophiensaele (Germany),  New Theatre Institute of Latvia (as part of ACT: Art, Climate, Transition project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union), A Bade of Grass (USA), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (USA), Migrants in Culture. Funders: Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Gessnerallee.