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Makeshift Publics Critical Response Series

By the artists from Makeshift Publics 2021

What makes us public? 

In late 2020 we called on artists to imagine the futures that might follow the disruptions of the pandemic – how could we reimagine common spaces, in every sense? The result was a year in which our sharpest and most careful thinkers sought out the issues that lie beyond the hype, the deep currents flowing beneath the surface tension.

Now we are proud to share their research in the Makeshift Publics Critical Response Series.

Over three months and in a wide array of formats, our Makeshift Publics artists will explore questions of community, collaboration, institutions and the changes that the arts community itself can enact.

Through publications, talks, podcasts and digital works, Arts House is excited to again present significant new art and ideas beyond our building, investigating a broad suite of topics including the futures of collectives, museums, underground scenes and informal communities, and much, much more.

Explore the program below

Thu, 3 Feb, 2022 (Pre-orders now open)
Publication: Do planners dream of electric trees? – Timmah Ball 
Publication: The place in which I fit won’t exist until I make it Lucreccia Quintanilla

Thu, 3 Mar, 2022
Live Online Artist Talk: Artist Sessions 1 Andy Butler & Alexander Powers with Latai Taumoepeau

Thu, 10 Mar, 2022
Live Online Artist Talk: Artist Sessions 2 – Efren Pamilacan & Ruth Nyaruot Ruach with Madeleine Flynn

Thu, 24 Mar, 2022
Digital Essay: time absorbs the feelings it produces– Nikki Lam

Thu, 28 Apr, 2022
Live Online Talk and Interactive Q&A: Apologies for the delay in response – Nikki Lam and Yasbelle Kerkow

Thu, 12 May, 2022
Podcast & Audio Interview: Why return to Museums? Andy Butler
Live Audio Visual Work: The water keeps running even after you turn your back on itBridget Chappell


Image credit: Lucreccia Quintanilla

Image description: A dark sky with a star constellation and lines drawn between each star. There is a ruby red wash of colour over the image. 

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Makeshift Publics is part of Arts House’s ongoing Makeshift program, which has been developed to directly respond to the situations we all face right now.