Arts Emergency

An Alternative Old Boy Network

Low income does not mean low imagination, low ambition or low intelligence. But the next generation are stopped in their tracks by fees and cuts, sidelined by policy makers and vexed by austerity. They need us to send the ladders down and we need their fearlessness and invention to change the world all over again.

When tuition fees tripled in 2010 and public funding for the arts was decimated, we wanted to do something meaningful for the low income young people most affected. We pulled together around 50 friends – artists, thinkers, writers, performers and activists. We pinned up a photo of the infamous Bullingdon Club. We listed the many advantages and favours those men had had on their way to the top. We pledged to build an open access alternative to that ‘old boy’ network that dominates arts, culture and politics in the early 21st century.

Now, our Network comprises thousands of arts professionals opening doors at all levels of the industry.

  • Geertje Dreijerink

    I run the Fashion Lab, which is part of Central Saint Martins’ design consultancy Design Laboratory. It’s a cross-disciplinary design…

  • Cherry Styles

    Since graduating from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2008 I have worked with varying levels of both enthusiasm…

  • Yasmeen Khan

    I am a freelance broadcaster, writer/performer and PR consultant. I present and co-produce documentaries and features on BBC Radio 4.…

  • Jo Horsburgh

  • Adjoa Anyimadu

    Hello, My name is Adjoa and I work as a Researcher on African politics. I have always been interested in…

  • Chrysi Papaioannou

    I am a PhD student at the School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies at the University…

  • Flora Neve

    I am a freelance radio producer living in London. I have made features about the relationship between neuroscience and poetry,…

  • Kristyna Baczynski

    I am a freelance illustrator, designer and comic book artist who grew up in The Pennines of Yorkshire, to a…

  • Angela Clarke

    I spent ten years working in the fashion industry as an agent before jacking it all in to become a…

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