Title: If Not, Then What?
Location: Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK
Date: 1st-13th March 2011

If Not, Then What? is an anti-cuts project creating new visions of the future.

A Chelsea Programme project, curated by Cecilia Wee, If Not, Then What? examines how art and creative practice can create change in politics beyond the polling booth. The project will explore, develop and critique various forms of collective and local political engagement – considering itself a temporary creative think-tank for arts involvement with politics. Working within and beyond the arts and cultural sector, the project is inspired by student-led demonstrations and the Coalition of Resistance (a network of organisations spearheaded by Tony Benn who oppose the current public sector cuts).

The project will feature a specially built structure by artists Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, sited at the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London from 1-13 March 2011, which will be the HQ for the project from 4-13 March 2011. This pavilion will be open daily (except Sundays), hosting a workshops by British artists engaging with politics, performances and discussions.

On dates where no event is listed, the structure will be open for groups working to resist the public sector cuts to run open exchange, discussion and direct action workshops. If you are involved with an anti-cuts group and would like to use the pavilion in this way, please email ifnotthenwhat2011@gmail.com

The project will be accompanied by a series of commissioned artist responses on London’s art radio station Resonance FM.

All actions will take place at:
Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art & Design, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
Nearest tube: Pimlico. Nearest BR station: Vauxhall.
Map: http://bit.ly/fqmqQU

An overview of what’s happening can be found below, more information can be found at the project website, coming soon: www.ifnothenwhat.co.uk

Tuesday 1- Thursday 3 March 2011
Construction of a temporary structure at the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Art & Design, by artists Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann. With students from the University of the Arts London.

Friday 4 March 2011, 6-8pm
Official opening event of the project and inauguration of the temporary pavilion built by Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann. With performance and drinks.

Monday 7 March, 1.30-5pm - Alternative Society workshop
Build a portable and radical vision of the world in a day, fit it into a bag and deliver it to the general public Facilitated by artist Ania Bas, Alternative Society is an active search for and creation of new, radical, emergency, unconventional and revolutionary visions of the world. During a half day session you will create a portable vision of the society as you see it and fit it into a bag, using installations and manifestos to actions, interventions and live art. This portable format will allow you to take your vision ‘outside’, deliver it to society and share it with the wider public.

To join the workshop, please send: your name, address and contact details, with a short expression of interest addressing two questions: (up to 1 page A4)

1 why you want to be involved ?
2 what is your idea of alternative society?

send to: aniabas@gmail.com by Monday 21 February 2011 and please put Alternative Society in the subject line.

Thursday 10 March, 1.30-5pm – Real Trident Replacement Challenge workshop
Grunts for the Arts invite submissions for their latest re-imagining of our collective futures – Real Trident Replacement Challenge. Instead of retooling for a new Cold War we are calling on individuals/groups to submit proposals that re-invent the nuclear capability of the UK as cultural projects. Simultaneously tackling the decimation of public funding streams and providing an alternative to the icy pathway of a new Cold War, we're developing and calling for post-nuclear arts prizes such as the Intercontinental Ballistic Dance prize, the Sub-marine Spoken Word Bursary, the Nuclear Sculpture Award and the Blow-up University.

GFA are looking to support participants in developing their project idea, facilitating a half-day workshop that focuses on documenting, disseminating, presenting and publicising these alternative prizes/projects. Project ideas will be developed over the course of the If Not, Then What? project and will play an active part in an event on Saturday 12 March 2011. To submit or apply for the workshop please contact: gruntsforthearts@gmail.com by Monday 14th February 2011

Saturday 12 March 2011, 11-4pm
Appropriating the structure of a political rally, this day-long event will feature performance, discussion and action. Coinciding with the Liberal Democrats conference (in Sheffield) and taking place two weeks before the NUS/TUC rally in Hyde Park (26 March), this event will create and present ideas for creative action as resistance towards public spending cuts intensifies. The day will feature interventions and workshops from artists including:
Mark McGowan Artist Taxi Driver
Raimi Gbadamosi The Gathering