This group exists as a place for discourse and challenge. We ask ourselves: what if we burned it all down and started again?
Everything is on the table.
‘Burning it down’ doesn’t mean some childlike arson, with naughty, wilful freelancers chucking a match and running off, tittering. It means we understand that the problems in the sector are systemic; they have not been caused by any person or persons or even the pandemic, but, rather, the pandemic conditions demonstrate so starkly the systems, power structures, and inherited thinking that has produced an area of work that, though vibrant, vital and full of possibility, continues to perpetuate discrimination, injustice, and harm. This system does need to be burned down – and rebuilt with the imagination, criticality and care well cultivated in us as creative practitioners.
In this group we work with these attributes. We have gatherings every eight-ten days via Zoom, facilitated in a format that first foregrounds wellbeing and a holistic meeting between people, and then focuses on actions the group members are taking. Some people come most times, others have merely dipped in occasionally. The actions each person takes is autonomous, but these meetings have facilitated new alliances and colleagialities, and have enabled focussed, deliberate, and supportive discussion, invigorating a range of individual and collaborative outputs. We speak openly about our difficulties, listen to each other, and help one another seek solutions where appropriate.
This is supported by a lively and friendly WhatsApp group. People ask each other for proofreading, let off steam about difficult conversations, and altogether support one another. Though many of us were strangers, we are becoming friends, in a friendship based on the radical care necessary to burn down the wreckage – not mercilessly but indeed with much energy – and work for something much, much better.
🔥 What We’ve Been Up To 🔥
Below is some of the work that has been generated out of this group
A Freelance Supporters Menu
Laura Sweeney, Ash Bowmott, et al.
During our time so far on the Freelance Task Force, we’ve worked to collate ‘A Freelance Supporters Menu’ to reflect some of the thinking and research that could offer provocations to arts organisations to think about how freelancers can be supported. The link includes a video introduction (with captions) and a download link for version 1. It will be updated at the end of FTF.
CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO THE MENU.
Workshop for organisations to think about redistributing power and resource
Gillie Kleiman et al.
Gillie Kleiman et al.
Click the title to be taken to the UBI Lab Arts Twitter
Governance Reform (inc. Board Bank)
Emma Jayne, Leo Wan