Free Movement of Culture

+Sophie Chapman

Above: Film documenting the event at Lewisham Arthouse. Credit: Oli Bolland.


Borders are a concept and a reality that restrict and permit people in different measure. Physical, social, psychological, they hold slow and they hold fast. 


Creative Unions: Free Movement of Culture was a two-day international artist gathering where the only desire was to make space, ask questions and share different forms of knowledge about what is approximate to us now; culturally, socially, historically, geographically, personally and politically. 


A platform for individuals to occupy space/s, sound and listen. A space to expose how our relationships to thresholds, borders and limits (perceived or tangible) frame, influence or taint a broad spectrum of experiences.


It welcomed self-defining recent graduates to produce, provoke and participate in a convivial space where discussions around cooperation and cultural agency foregrounded any objects, images or situations.


An open forum for sharing and debate rooted in the experience of cultural producers as active, global citizens with common insights, intentions and senses that unite; even when interpretations are undecided or conflicted.


It was an invitation to marginalised voices and those interested in maintaining and extending cultural freedoms beyond the reach of political institutions.


CUFMoC asked individuals to:

a.   Bring a friend

b.   Plan something to share

c.   Be available


Contributing people were; Yaiza Schmid, Paula Schmid, Mark Smith, Maria Teresa Chadwick, Rosadito Raton, Felicity Allen, Jeanette Gunnarsson, Jordan Heighes, Carol Mancke, Dari Bae, Rosa Farber, Noura Alnassa, Miki Shaw, Catherine Wynne-Paton, Catherine Maffioletti, Elzbieta Buslowska, Samiya Younis, Anvi Goyal. Mijke van der Drift, Daniella Valz Gen, Jade Monserrat, Samer Alagha, Raju Rage and Sophie Mallet.


CUFMoC was organised and hosted by Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis and connected many disparate people and places (UK, Spain, South Korea, Syria, Canada, Chile, Belgium).


Special thanks to – Paul Haywood, Basia Sliwinska, Sofia Mali, Graham Walker, Oli Bolland, Rosalie Schweiker and Lewisham Arthouse.


Project partners were:

NAFAE (National Association for Fine Art Education), PARADOX (European Fine Art Forum), ELIA (European League of Institutes of Art), UAL (University of the Arts London) and a small cluster of UK Fine Art Departments working through the Erasmus links.

Below: programme of contributors and documentation. Credit: Kerri Jefferis.