Frackanapada’: an international anti-fracking camp set in the foothills of the Basque country attracted around 600 people for seven days of workshops, discussions, food, music, strategy and protest against the extreme energy industry. Activists from Spain, Algeria, France, Brazil, Germany, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Romania and Kurdistan united with Basque activists to build face-to-face […]
Blockades, shutdowns, lock-ons, love-ins, tripods and nanas…..Reclaim the Power’s day of action against the fossil fuel industry today (1 June 2015) saw 18 different actions drawing the dots between big energy firms, government ministers, public relations companies, oil arts sponsorship and the fracking industry. Let’s take a run-down of the day’s events… Action 1: 9.04am […]
Upper Space artivists will be joining fellow activists from Reclaim the Power network and members of the public from across the UK for an action camp near Didcot power station in 2 weeks time. We will be providing creative action planning workshops during the camp as well as direct action training sessions. Come and join […]
‘War by media and the triumph of propaganda’ Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers? Why are young journalists not taught to […]
As part of our Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City programme, we are reflecting on art and activism, and how creativity and resistance are intertwined, one and the same. Here John Jordan, one of the UK’s most internationally renowned and effective arts activists, joins the dots from present to past and back […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City has questioned some of the problematic aspects of capitalism. Throughout our programme we have brought in creative individuals and organisations who seek to use art for the greater good in the current state of emergency and engage participants in action. Tracey Moberly // The Art of […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City has been an examination of the effects of capitalism on the world we live in. Within that, we thought it was important to examine environmental damage and strategies towards a sustainable future or alternative ways of living. We hosted a number of community workshops to teach […]
Our Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City exhibition features works by a number of artists who work on digital platforms. In contemporary society it is essential for activists to recognise the potential of technology as a tool for engagement and a way to intervene. Through our programme we wanted to expose participants […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City has sought to question capitalism and create debate around its effectiveness in modern day society. We wanted to look at alternatives to a consumerist system and question the ideals presented within it. Works exhibited pose a challenge to capitalism and we were able to take a […]
During ‘Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City’ we’ve been fortunate enough to work very closely with many residents of Ancoats and the Ancoats Dispensary Trust. It was important to us that the exhibition and programme were held in the area because of its history as the world’s first industrial suburb. Politika looks […]
Intro: Amongst the artworks on display at Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City, Brandalism’s Bill Posters presents a previously unreleased video piece amongst the large scale, silk screen prints that have survived the latest onslaught by advertising corporations to remove them from public space earlier this year. Here Bill shares some theory […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City // Day 10 For all events please meet at the Engine Room, Hope Mill, Ancoats. Exploring the art of activism, EMERGENCIA discuss the urgency for change & the emergence of a new type of uprising in the digital age. ‘Read Our Own Reality’ Workshop with Dan […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City Day 9 For all events please meet at the Engine Room, Hope Mill, Ancoats. Join us on Saturday 27th September as we examine sustainability in the city. We will not only give you an insight into innovative, contemporary projects; but will also be running a number […]
The Moral Reform Ztohoven are exhibiting their work, ‘The Moral Reform’ at the Engine Room as part of Politika: Art & the Affairs of the City. On 24th September 2014, members of the group will be joining us in the gallery to discuss their work. ‘Moral Reform’: “A parliamentary drama of 223 persons and […]
Friday 19th September 2014 On Friday night we launched our new exhibition, Politika: Art & the Affairs of the City, in the Engine Room Gallery. The launch’s music was provided by Mind on Fire, OneFiveEight, Groovement and Endless City. Located in an old converted mill in Ancoats, the exhibition examines activism and socio-politics by various, […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City: Day 7 Please meet at the Engine Room, Hope Mill, Ancoats. Daylight Shrubbery 3pm – 5pm On this Urban Foraging walk run by David Winnard of Manchester, discover what edible foods there are to be found in urban environments such as Ancoats. We will be taking […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City // Day 5 For all events please meet at the Engine Room, Hope Mill, Ancoats. On Wednesday evening, as part of Politika, we will be examining how activism is moving forward in the digital age. Join us to engage with leading, innovative arts activists in a […]
Politika- Art & the Affiars of the City: Day 3 For all events please meet at the Engine Room, Hope Mill, Ancoats. Anna Minton Talk 6pm Come join us for a presentation by revolutionary journalist, Anna Minton, writer of “Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City” . The book is centred around issues […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City // Day 3 For all events please meet at the Engine Room, Hope Mill, Ancoats. Join us on Sunday as we explore how capitalism effects politics and contemporary society. With presentations and interventions, don’t miss this chance to increase your awareness and take back control. Robin […]
Politika – Art & the Affairs of the City // Day 2 For all events please meet at the Engine Room, Hope Mill, Ancoats. Ancoats is the world’s first industrial suburb and a place in which Upper Space has found its home and launched its new exhibition space, The Engine Room. We want to celebrate […]
As part of #Politika we welcome Robin Hood Minor Asset Management who are visiting the UK for the first time. Sign up for a one to one appointment with founder Jan Ritsema on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September.
Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative (RHMAM) is an asset management cooperative, based in Finland and owned by its members. They take pride in their Parasite Algorithm, which “identifies successful transactions by riding the coattails of successful investors.” Profits are then shared with “Robin Hood Projects,” including “grants for creative work, no interest loans, or anything else,” to be determined by the members of the cooperative.
“Robin Hood is a counter investment cooperative of the precariat. Our business is minor asset management.”
Sign up for your chance to have a one to one chat with founder Jan Ritsema as part of an interactive installation in the gallery.
Slots are available between on Saturday 20th September (12pm – 5pm), and Sunday 21st September (12pm – 4pm) , before Jan delivers a presentation about RHMAM on Sunday evening.
We are looking for people from arts, academic, community, finance, charity and third sector networks to join Jan for an appointment in the gallery:
book your appointment now: projects@upper-
Introduction: In May of 2014, Chilean artist Francisco Tapia – the artist known as ‘Papas Fritas’, garnered worldwide notoriety when he burned roughly $500 million of student loans contracts from the corrupt Universidad del Mar, and freed students from their debt. Upper Space is pleased to announce that Tapia will be an exhibiting artist at our […]
Contributing artists: Peter Kennard (UK) // Epos257 (CZ) // Ztohoven (CZ) // Chim-Pom (JP) // VOINA (RU) // Francisco Tapia (CHI) // Shift//Delete (UK) // Brandalism (UK+) // WochenKlausur (AT) // Bill Posters (UK) // Franck Allais (FR) // Leah Borromeo (UK) // Tracey Moberly // Steve Lambert (US) // Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative (FI) // The Vacuum Cleaner (UK) // John Beieler (US) // Peter McNaughey (UK) // Ben Parry (UK) // Ed Hall (UK) + citizens of Manchester. Introduction: Upper […]
Epos 257 – Urban Shoot Painting Epos257 joined Upper Space last year for our first artist in residence programme. Here is the four part documentary showing the artist development and implementation of his ‘Urban Shoot Painting’ project. You can see the process and final results of Epos’ residency with Upper Space in more […]