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SELF SERVICE Present Pub Conversations: JJ Charlesworth & Josie Appleton

A series of talks & discussions by an invited speaker and guest of their choosing, to take place in the Lily Langtry Room of the Lamp Tavern, 257 Barford Street, Birmingham.

Thu 22 Mar 2007, 7.30pm - JJ Charlesworth & Josie Appleton

JJ Charlesworth has been writing about contemporary art since he left Goldsmiths College in 1996, with a constant focus on the relation between art and political life. He writes regularly in art magazines such as Art Monthly, Art Review, Flash Art Time Out. He has published numerous catalogue essays on emerging artists. He teaches and lectures regularly at art colleges in London, and in 2003 was a selector for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. He is currently reviews editor at Art Review, and is also organiser of the ‘Artistic Autonomy’ campaign strand of the Manifesto Club.

His guest, Josie Appleton is convenor of the Manifesto Club, a campaigning group that aims to challenge cultural trends that restrain and stifle people's aspirations and initiative. She wrote the Manifesto Club report, 'The Case Against Vetting', and oversees the campaign work on vetting and child protection issues. She is a journalist and writer based in London. She writes regularly for spiked, and has contributed to a number of publications, including the Spectator, The Times, Times Literary Supplement and Daily Express.

Further information:
Self Service is a constantly evolving group of Birmingham based artists who originally came together in 2004, with the aim of generating projects which would create intimacy and enable the development of dialogue amongst the disparate groups and practitioners in Birmingham who made up a somewhat fragmented visual arts community. There are currently fourteen artists within the group, including Tom Bloor, Jo Capper, Mona Casey, Faye Claridge, Ruth Claxton, Greg Cox (Spectacle), John Hall, Cheryl Jones, Nikki Pugh, Liz Rowe, Charlotte Smith and Matt Westbrook.

Please note that although the events are free places are limited and book is essential. To book a place email selfservice@hotmail.co.uk