Poverty, Power and Resistance: New Collaborations for Cultural Democracy
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Arts Council of Wales’s innovative new Connect & Flourish fund, which supports collaborative proposals for organisations and artists to try out new ways of working together in the wake of the challenging new conditions brought about by the Coronavirus crisis. We’ll be working with Glynn Vivian Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre, Oxfam Castle Street and Teatro El Estranjero from Argentina, on a new research and development project focusing on the cultural ecology of Swansea.
Through conversations between users, communities, and independent artists, and in response to provocations by independent artists and citizens, four lynchpin cultural organisations in Swansea will develop a vision of cultural democracy and local/global resistance for Wales’s second city, illuminated by perspectives and frames from Buenos Aires and Patagonia. Thinking broadly about the landscape of the city now, we ask how people access or are denied cultural experiences, how this maps onto other topographies of power and privilege, and how, as custodians of cultural assets, we can democratise culture and energise community life.
Can a diverse, plural cultural scene produce political agency and disrupt prevailing power relations? Tackling questions of poverty and inequality, we sidestep the notion of art as social benefit, to imagine instead forms of resistance emerging from creative interaction in everyday urban life. Expect more news in the New Year about this project and how to get involved!