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Welfare Futures: Reflections on the final seminar

The third and final seminar in the series took place in Birmingham on the 4th of December. While our previous seminars reflected on past and present ‘welfare imaginaries’, this final seminar aimed to open up space to think expansively and imaginatively about the future of the welfare state: how it might look; what values and visions… Continue reading Welfare Futures: Reflections on the final seminar

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Surface imaginaries

A guest blog post by Jane Brake, with photographs by John van Aitken. This post was inspired by the first seminar in the Welfare Imaginaries series. The skin of our tower block is opalescent. It’s hue is unstable, like mother of pearl its identity depends on the structure of refracted light and the observers angle… Continue reading Surface imaginaries

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Counter-ing austerity: Remembering what art can do

A guest blogpost by artist and zine-maker Jean McEwan 'How we fight back? Make art' I wanted to share a significant moment of remembering I had at September's Welfare Imaginaries event in Liverpool, sparked by listening to writer Kerry Hudson and artist Mark McGowan talk about their work in the day's closing session. Kerry read… Continue reading Counter-ing austerity: Remembering what art can do