Dear Serpentine Gallery: ALL WE WANT FOR XMAS IS PAY!
Today Future Interns descended on the Serpentine Gallery in an action following up from our co-signed letter to the gallery addressing its ‘volunteer’ programme (see previous post).
Help keep up the pressure on The Serpentine by sending an email with your concerns about their use of unpaid labour!
Gwen Barry, Head of Human Resources: Gwenb@serpentinegallery.org
Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, Serpentine Gallery and Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects: email@example.com
Rose Dempsey, Head of Communications: Rosed@serpentinegallery.org
Jochen Volz, Head of Programmes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who would have thought that the campaign would take off like that? ;)
BARBICAN, CLEAN UP YOUR ACT - PAY YOUR INTERNS AND CLEANERS A LIVING WAGE!
The Devil Pays Nada - protest against unpaid internships
As you might know unpaid internships are rife within many industries - especially those which are already incredibly competitive to get in to - such as fashion.
London Fashion Week is having a press conference to launch the event on Friday 17th February at 09:45am at Somerset House (central London, near Covent Garden) and LSESU will be joining with Intern Aware and other Students’ Unions to go down and remind them that unpaid internships are not only ethically and morally wrong, they are also illegal.
We will be meeting at 9:15am in the Sabbs office - the theme is fashion victims so feel free to dress as outrageously as you fancy. For more information please email Alex on email@example.com
Whitechapel Art-O-Mat, 5 July 2011
Preferred public-image launderer of the ruling class
…. at work!
July 5th 2011, 7pm
Cultural workers whose generally meagre incomes and precarious survivals have been worsened by this government’s cuts are on their knees tonight, helping politicians and bureaucrats to launder their image!
In spite of a long history of support for anti-fascist and other social justice groups, the Whitechapel Art Gallery has been enlisted in a laundering scam to clean up the images of such unpopular figures as Nick Clegg, Samantha Cameron, Peter Mandelson and Ed Vaizey, each complicit in or responsible for cuts of 40% to the Arts, not to mention Education, the NHS, Benefit and Public Housing. They have been invited to select and display works of art from the Government Art Collection, representing such themes as peace, beauty and migration, while waging ugly wars on several nations, on the poor, on migrants and on those working in culture.
Adopting tactics from their friends at BP and other corrupt corporations, the Coalition are clearly using art and its so-called ‘public’ institutions to make their dirty things seem pleasant.
And we are letting them!
It is clear that cultural leaders who rallied around the flacid statement ‘cut us don’t kill us’ were not working to serve the interests of the majority of the people working in the arts but sudding up for years of scrubbing the government’s soiled pants to save their own. By supporting this government they are encouraging the elitism that so many have worked against in efforts to democratise culture.
This summer, let’s put a stop to the laundering.
… engage in creative direct action, interventions, letter-writing and demonstrations to put a stop to this and show that a collection purchased in the name of the many should not be presented at the hands of the few.
Whitechapel Public Art Laundromat, 5 July 2011
PWB at demonstration in central London, March 26
The Precarious Workers Brigade will assemble at 10.30am at the main entrance of Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.
Bring food and drink for the day, warm clothes, noise-makers, placards, etc.
Images from the 9th of December - the day of UK-wide student-led protests in response to the government’s vote on trebling tuition fees. We were out spreading the good news (see our special edition of the Evening Substandard), talking to people, occupying the National Gallery with Arts Against Cuts, admiring the work on Topshop, swarming around town, avoiding police brutality, kettles and horse charges. A horrible day for all those who got beaten up and a bad day for democracy, as the vote in favour of tuition fees passed, but also an inspiring day for some… We’ll keep putting pleasure into our struggle :)
Evening Substandard Thursday 9 December 2010
Now that’s the kind of news we want to read! 300 copies of the paper were printed with the generous support of Calverts Coop.
The paper was also handed out at the flashmob at Euston Station (London), held on the evening before the demonstration in an effort to build public support for the student-led protest. (photos by ©Kristian Buus)
comments: Dominic says on December 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm
This was a great intervention, it got the not-already-converted talking and thinking. Thanks.
London Precarious Workers Brigade targets the irresponsible defunding of public services
In response to the recent intensification of neoliberal attacks on the welfare state and public sphere in the UK, precarious workers in culture and education are organising and taking action. In the context of the Fund Our Future Demonstration against cuts to higher education, the Precarious Workers Brigade are targeting institutions and individuals who have made false promises about the future. A party of individuals donning donkey masks ceremoniously deposited the large papier-mache carrot as “a classic symbol of empty promises posed as incentives”. They declared: “We are returning the Graduate Job Carrot to Tory HQ with a thank you for abandoning us and the message that this carrot actually means £40k+ education debt and 18% youth unemployment.” The Precarious Workers Brigade demands include Equal Pay (no more free labour), Free Education (end student debt), and citing Lord Browne the former CEO of BP who led the recent Review of University funding, they call for Democratic Institutions and an end to unelected and un-mandated leaders. Confronting the proclaimed ‘Big Society’, the Brigade demands common ownership of public space, resources and ideas.
Workshops and actions continue throughout this week & beyond.