Freeparty is a collective of artists, organisers, designers, environmental campaigners, activists and educators who work together on a range of social justice and environmental projects across the UK and internationally. At the core of our working ethos is a radical kinship, exchange of knowledge and long-term fieldwork to support and seed new possibilities and action.
Together they research and produce work in response to site and social frameworks, with a strong emphasis on education, the need for risk, failure and learning across sectors. In a parallel to projects, Freeparty work on ongoing active political campaigns and run consultation for individuals, charities and institutions and mentor young people and emerging practitioners.
In response to the current social and political context they are unpacking structures and models of collaborative working, long term research, self care and organising. They support projects that create space for public interaction, conversation and action to take place, that have a strong emphasis on mutual learning and challenging and expanding perspectives in speculative, imaginative and critical ways.
Current Freeparty collaborators include; Joanne Mathews, Bedfellows, The Oasis Social Club, Portland Inn, People’s Bureau, Medway Feather Co, Hannah Standen and Nandi Bhebhe.
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To help guide their work they will use the below questions written by artist collective Temporary Services:
#1. Does the work empower more people than just the author(s) of the work?
#2. Does the work foster egalitarian relationships, access to resources, a shift in thinking, or surpluses for a larger group of people?
#3. Does the work abate competition, abusive power and class structures, or other barriers typically found in gallery and museum settings?
#4. Does the work seek broader audiences than just those educated about and familiar with contemporary art?
#5. Does the work trigger collective imagination that can dream other possible worlds while with eyes wide open understands the current one?