THE ART OF PROTEST - Various Artists and Events
@ Pump House Gallery

The Art of Protest is an exhibition, a series of participatory live events, workshops, debates and a radio broadcast based around the history and forms of May Day. It brings together a group of politically active artists who examine contemporary forms of artistic and cultural protest.

Artists include David Aylward & Rediscovered Urban Rituals, Helena Bryant, Richard DeDomenici, Mat Fraser, Michele Griffiths, Platform: Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa, ResonanceFM, and Bob & Roberta Smith

The project will culminate in a spectacular May Day Festival and Procession, featuring FREE artist-led workshops, activities and live entertainment, followed by a mass procession around Battersea Park.

The exhibition Richard DeDomenici: Normalisation of Deviance is open at Pump House Gallery from Thu 19 Apr - Mon 28 May 2007 and is accompanied by various talks and events. more...

Which Bus Are You On? A Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa by Sokari Douglas Camp will be situated outside the Pump House Gallery from 4 -16 May 2007. more...


Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2007 2 - 6pm
All activities are FREE. Suitable for all ages. All Welcome.
2 - 5pm: Workshops, entertainment, food fayre
5pm: May Day Procession

Everyone is invited to come along and participate in the Art of Protest May Day Festival and Procession, taking place on the large green space outside Pump House Gallery.

Inside the Big Top tent, join the FREE artist-led workshops and events such as greening a giant Jack-in-the-Green sculpture, costume making, Maypole and Morris dancing, singing and clowning, as well making your own banners and placards during the run up to the procession.

After all that, make some music and as much noise as you can in the May Day Procession at 5pm, lead by the giant Jack in the Green sculpture and including artists, performers, clowns and musicians.


Jack-in-the-Green and May Day Morris Troupe
This troupe of artists, performers and musicians present Morris dancing performances and workshops, Maypole dancing, 'greening' a giant Jack-in-the-Green Sculpture, 'rough music' making and entertainment from Dr. Bernhart Gloss the clown.

BetterBanner Making Workshop
Artist: Richard DeDomenici
People don't protest as much as they used to in the olden days. DeDomenici intends to remedy the situation in these workshops to develop a protest banner fit for the 21st Century. Come along and create your own banner about an issue you feel strongly about.

Speakers Corner and Speech Programme
Artist: Mat Fraser
The artist will curate a series of speeches from issue-based specialists including those who question the current powers on protest and assembly, brought in by Parliament in response to 'The War on Terror'. The public are also invited to use the platform to air their own views.

Bob and Roberta Smith's Apathy Workshop
Artist: Bob Smith
As a humorous and surreal antidote to the prevailing sprit of the event, the Apathy Workshop invites hypocrites, the lazy, sceptics, realists, apologists, popularists and unpopularists to devise prior engagements, heckles and excuses for not getting involved in the pointless attempts by the well-meaning to change the world.

Who: Various artists
What: The Art of Protest
Where: Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
When: Thu 19 Apr - Mon 28 May 2007
Associated Events: Richard Dedomenici, Salon or Seminar, Thu 17 May 6 - 9pm,
Did Priya Pathak Ever Get her Wallet Back? Thu 24 May 7 - 9pm
Further details:
The Art of Protest website