Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist and writer whose recent art projects include “Our Barricades” at Station Independent Gallery, and “Imaginary Archive” at Institute of Contemporary Art U. Penn Philadelphia, and Las Kurbas Center, Kyiv, Ukraine, and whose recent publications include “It’s The Political Economy, Stupid,” co-edited with Oliver Ressler, (Pluto Press, 2013) and “Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture,” (Pluto Press, 2011). A graduate of the Whitney Independent Studies Program in Critical Theory (1996), he received his MFA from the University of San Diego (1995), and BFA from The Cooper Union (1979), and served as a Board Member of the College Art Association (1999-2004). Sholette was a founding member of the artists’ collectives Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000), remaining active today with Gulf Labor Coalition as well as serving on the Curriculum Committee of Home WorkSpace Beirut, Lebanon. Associate Faculty for the Art, Design and the Public Domain program of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, he is an Associate Professor in the Queens College CUNY Art Department where he co-developed and teaches in its new MFA concentration: Social Practice Queens.
Jane Trowell is a curator and arts educator, who works with social justice and arts group Platform. Her interests are in the relationship between art, education, democracy and environmental justice. Jane has published extensively on art, activism and education and has taught at Birkbeck College, Chelsea College of Art & Design, and the Institute of Education. Since 1991, Jane has worked with Platform where she co-curated the major art projects ‘Remember Saro-Wiwa’, ‘C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture’, and initiated the youth programme ‘Shake! Young Voices in Arts, Media, Race & Power’. She is currently working on Platform’s campaign on arts, ethics and funding, and also on the ‘Action Saro-Wiwa’ project for 2015, which uses art strategies to support Ogoni campaigners in their struggle for justice over oil in the Niger Delta. In 2013, Platform was honoured with the CIWEM AWEInspiring Award for 30 years innovative work on arts and ecological justice. www.platformlondon.org
Sarah Corbett is founding Director of the Craftivist Collective, a social enterprise providing innovative craftivism (craft + activism) products and services to individuals & organisations around the world using craft as a tool for slow, gentle and joyful activism. The Craftivist Collective, prioritise work with audiences who are nervous of politics and activism. The movement has grown globally, with craftivists springing up across Europe, Australia, America and South Asia. Sarah has also worked with DfiD, Christian Aid and Oxfam GB.
As one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement, Sarah has been identified by the Times as leader of one of their 5 ‘New Tribes’ of 2012 and she was shortlisted for the Observer Arts & Culture Ethical Awards 2013. She has lectured at TEDxBrixton and Bedford, Lost Lectures, Sunday Papers Live and Do Lectures, and also worked with the Tate, Hayward, British Library, Unicef, Save the Children, Etsy, cult jewellers Tatty Devine, TOMS Shoes, and Secret Cinema. Her Little Book of Craftivism was published in October 2013