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Art and activism


Arts Council England has commissioned the guide below, '64 Million Artists', to support those who are interested in finding out more about Cultural Democracy and exploring how they might put it into practice. It’s aimed at those who are starting out on this journey:


64 Million Artists with Arts Council England (2018) Cultural Democracy in Practice. London: Arts Council England.


The Movement for Cultural Democracy


Mykki Blanco Celebrates Johannesburg's Born-Free Queer Artists and Activists

i-D documentary film:


Crimp, D. (1989)‘Mourning and Militancy’ in Crimp, D. (2002) Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics. London: MIT Press.

Bishop, C. (2012) Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. London: Verso.

Harper, Mireille (2020) 10 Steps to Non Optical Allyship, reprinted in Vogue (3 June 2020) from instagram @mireillecharper

Lewis, Leeson, L. (2019) Art : Process : Change: Inside a Socially Situated Practice. London: Routledge


Lippard, L. (1984) ‘Trojan-Horses: Activist Art and Power’in Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation. New York: David R Godine


Lippard, L. (1984) Get the Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change. New York: E. P. Dutton

Mesch, C ed. (2013). Art and Politics: A Small History of Art for Social Change Since 1945. London. I.B.Tauris

Sholette, G (2017). Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism. London. Pluto Press

Viveros-Fauné, C (2018) Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art. David Zwirner Books

Powerful Art Activism TED Talks playlist


Platform London: Arts Activism Education Research


Weiwei, A, & Pins, A. ed. (2014) Spatial Matters: Art, Architecture & Activism.

London: MIT Press

There are toolkits to click on below:


Tania Bruguera performing El Peso de la Culpa (The Burden of Guilt), 1997–1999, Caracas, Venezuela. Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York/Courtesy of Studio Bruguera.


Annette Lemieux (b. 1957), Black Mass, 1991.

Latex, acrylic, and oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau. 

© Annette Lemieux

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