Survival Strategies for Cultural Workers

Next meeting:
Wednesday 20 February 2013, 6:30 - 8pm
Guest speakers: Bonnie Fortune & Brett Bloom

Survival Strategies was initiated by Andrea Francke and The Showroom during Invisible spaces of parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future - a Communal Knowledge project at The Showroom in 2012

The Survival Strategies meetings are informal open sessions for cultural workers to meet and exchange on the challenges they face, and strategies they have developed, in order to deal with the specificities of labour in the arts and cultural sector. In particular in relation to, but not limited to, parenting. We organise the meetings around guest speakers, recommended readings or both.

The meetings are open to the public – feel free to bring your children

For future dates and details please check this page or email

Communal Knowledge is supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The John Lyons Charitable Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s Charity, Westminster Cultural Olympiad supported by Westminster City Council, BNP Paribas and Vital Regeneration and The Showroom Supporters Scheme

Next meeting:
20 February 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Speakers: Bonnie Fortune & Brett Bloom

Brett Bloom and Bonnie Fortune have been collaborating since 2006 on a variety of projects, including their own domestic partnership. Their projects include the Library of Radiant Optimism for Let's Remake the World and currently, Mythological Quarter. The Library of Radiant Optimism gathered 'how to' books from the counterculture of the late 60s and early 70s. The Mythological Quarter is both an online and offline platform for researching and discussing art, ecology, the place where we live, and domestic projects including how to balance being an artist and a parent, through images, interviews, and texts.

Bonnie and Brett's talk will be based around their recent essay for Andrea Francke's Andrea Francke's project ISP Manual, covering the Library of Radiant Optimism project, Ken Isaac's Living Structures and their application in the home, and balancing creative work with parenthood. They will also share responses from other artist parents in their own network about how they deal with being parents and artists.