We are a group of artists, curators and arts educators, where the majority are members of  Young Blood Initiative, an international community of artists that aims to explore other ways to create and collaborate. We have set up this study group to examine art’s relationship with activism and explore how can artists make real changes.

Through the study period (November – December 2020) we aim to explore our role as artists in society outside of commerce and the changes we want to make; increase our understanding and application of inclusive practices and accessibility;  expand our approaches to facilitation, support and skill sharing within a group; and understand how different cultures reflect different attitudes and approaches towards activism. Most importantly, we aim to discover how to apply what we learn into our own practices in a sustainable way.

We will be documenting our learning and gatherings here.


We are a group of 9 from different backgrounds and experiences.

Group members:

Bettina Fung (main organiser of the study group)

Visual artist based in London, interested in incorporating drawing into live art.


Candy Choi

Founder and director of multi-disciplinary international art organisation Young Blood Initiative, Candy Choi is a curator and creative originally from Hong Kong. Over the past 12 years, she has been residing in Europe: London, Amsterdam and Riga.


Catherine Harrington

Multi-media artist / architect living in East London

www.catherineharrington.org (images not avail on website temporarily)

Colleen Bartley

Independent dance artist with an eclectic background. She co-edits Contact Quarterly’s bi-annual newsletter which publishes news and views about Contact Improvisation worldwide. She curates events and creates immersive experiential experiences using dance, images, sound and text.

Ghost and John

Hongkongese multidisciplinary art duo based in London, working across dance, theatre and visual art. From Computer Science and Biology backgrounds, they investigate how art is being received by society and is the tool to uphold the freedom of expression, utilising digital interactive technology to influence theatre politics. https://www.ghostandjohn.art/

Jimena Mendizábal de Moral 

Art researcher, writer and cultural project manager. She helps artists and organisations to turn their ideas into projects, giving context and support for all stages of a cultural project. Her research revolves around collective practices, working-with and making-with, affective exchanges, and the relation between art and affect technology.


Karen Le Roy Harris

Visual artist and producer based in Jersey working in sculpture, installation and interested in collaborative practices.  www.karenleroyharris.com

Mirei Yazawa

Artist who work with body movement, bodily sensation and improvisation to explore how we construct reality and share it.