In response to a call out by a-n in 2017 that sought proposals exploring how artists and artists’ groups adapt to navigate turbulent cultural and political landscapes, six artist-led groups were awarded bursaries to develop their research. They were:

AltMFA, a London-based peer-led art school,

Hack & Host, a collective that supports emerging artists in Hull,

Keep it Complex, an artist-run group that confronts political issues through ideas and action,

Market Gallery, a Glasgow-based charitable visual arts organisation run by a voluntary committee,

Rhubaba, an artist-run gallery and studios organisation in Edinburgh, and,

Treeline, an artist-led investigation into how artists can influence our relationship with nature in the context of rapid global climate change.

In Possible Utopias. Totally, sometimes., Steve Dutton discusses the outcomes of these bursaries, providing an insight into artists’ ways of working, and how they impact and support communities in times of anxiety and change.

Dutton’s essay is followed by short profiles focused on the artist-led groups’ bursary activities, written and compiled by Lydia Ashman. a-n members can read the full profiles on a-n Resources

Steve Dutton, Lydia Ashman
25 March 2019
Possible Utopias Totally Sometimes