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Threads Of Thought: Online Discussion With Free Radical

Threads Of Thoughts | Thursday 15th February | Online via Twitter

We are on the lookout for questions that have no easy answers in the arts sector. They’re there: we’ve heard them in the background, whispered and howled without response. Questions that make you angry, get you thinking, researching, questions that you roll your eyes to when other people bring them up, again.

We are looking for those.

Free Radical wants to take them all in and create spaces where they can be discussed - we will not bring answers. Instead, we promise not to hold panel discussions. But we will get a conversation going. We want a different experience, one that allows us all to adopt more than one point of view, one that is entertaining and thought-provoking, one that transforms to fit the subject and the people it concerns.

This is a chance for you to take all those thoughts out of your brain and help us share them widely.

Question examples

  1. When does an artist have the right to respond to tragedy in their art? (i.e. reactions to Grenfell)

  2. Is there still space in mainstream music for upcoming musicians?

  3. When do you become established as an artist? What does ‘being established’ even mean?

  4. What are the pay rates for artists? Is it ethical to trade art for money? Who is a sellout and who is just making a living?

  5. Is there any space for spoken word artists in ‘the establishment’ of literature?

  6. Should the UK have a permanent LGBTQ gallery or museum?

  7. When does an artist take a real break?

  8. Will we ever get to a place where ‘women’ are equal to ‘men’ in society but more importantly within the arts sector?

  9. Will the conversations and art created around womanhood, women, identity ever become out of date?

  10. Artists lead lots of workshops, asking participants to access personal stories, sometimes reaching for trauma as source material. Can they cause more harm than good?

Free Radical Producer Amerah Saleh and General Manager Bohdan Piasecki will be live on Twitter on 15th February to collect your questions and ask for your thoughts. Use the hashtag #BLABOnline @FreeRadicalUK from 3.30pm - 5.30pm to join the conversation.

If you can’t join live, no worries. We will be checking the hashtag until 1st March so please send us your thoughts whenever you can.

Earlier Event: February 8
Poetry Jam V Birthday Special
Later Event: March 1
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