Onion Roundtable: Fail/Fade/Flourish, a discussion on artists’ survival


Onion Roundtable with LEAH CAPALDI and facilitated by ELIZABETH PORTER on Artists’ survival as part of the YARDHOUSE project:

Fail/Fade/ Flourish

RCA SHOW 2013, Sculpture, Howie st, Battersea, SW11 4AS
2pm Sunday, 22 June 2013

  • How do artists continue to work in the current financial and political climate?
  • What is the role of art & artists in the 21st century, both now & in the future?
  • How to we envisage what we might mean by an artist’s career?
  • What do we mean by survival?

Art & Politics Onion Roundtable – Bradford and Pakistan Calling

Onion Roundtable on ART & POLITICS as part of the YARDHOUSE project

2pm Saturday, 22 June 2013
Sculpture Building Yard
15-25 Howie Street
London SW11 4AS


We are pleased to welcome Ratna Lachman (Director of JUST, a Bradford based human rights and racial justice charity) and Anwar Akhtar (Director of The Samosa, a digital inter-cultural platform) to the Yardhouse/Onion Roundtable on Art and Politics.

In the light of recent mass social unrest in Turkey and Brazil, and closer to home, the extraordinary intervention by Swiss police firing rubber bullets and tear gas in Art Basel, the political frame of art is changing at pace. How can artists negotiate this? Should they even?

In conversation with Jack Tan, Sculpture Tutor and Yardhouse collaborator, the roundtable will open up open up conversation about the relationship between the sometimes contradictory demands of art and social justice or activism, but also work out what ground is shared by art practice and political work.

Art & Politics Roundtable
2pm Saturday 22 June 2013
RCA Sculpture Yard

Join us for lunch at 1pm.




Swiss Police battle Art Basel ‘favela cafe’ occupation

Anwar Aktar’s PAKISTAN CALLING film project in collaboration with the RSA

The RSA and The Samosa launched www.thersa.org/pkcalling to challenge perceptions of today’s Pakistan and to promote constructive cross-cultural dialogue between Britain and Pakistan. The films depict Pakistani civil society organisations, social entrepreneurs and individuals who are attempting to tackle the country’s many pressing social problems

Ratna Lachman in Al Jazeera’s feature on Bradford’s politics and polarisation