With For About 2020

A slow conference for a fast evolving crisis.

A slow conference for a fast evolving crisis.

Every Wednesday between 27 May to 17 June 2020 –  at 2.30pm GMT+1.


For the latest details and to watch please visit www.withforabout.com


Heart of Glass’ 5th With For About conference responds to the additional challenges that Covid-19 creates for many marginalised people and communities, asking:

What creative solutions have marginalised people developed to survive before Covid-19?

What creative ways of being and organising are being made now in response to Covid-19?

How do we embed and share these solutions, ways of being and organising now and into the future?

Join us every Wednesday between 27 May and 17 June 2020 for weekly presentations, performances and provocations that bring together a range of voices and experience from across the world.

Themes will be mixed together to allow a truly intersectional understanding of CARE WORK, CLASS, COLONIALISM, DISABILITY, ECOLOGY, FEMINISM, LAW, MENTAL HEALTH, MIGRATION, MUTUAL AID, INTERNATIONAL ORGANISING, LGBTQ+, RACISM, SOCIAL PRACTICE, SURVEILLANCE  – all under the framework of Justice and Rights based approaches.

We wilfully ask in facing this crisis, another ten years of austerity, ecological collapse, harsher borders, more racism and deeper ableism within deeply divided societies – how can artists, activists and organisations make vital change within our communities and beyond?

Featuring international artists, activists and academics:

AM Kanngieser (AUS) | Banmanya Brian (Afrorack) (UGA) | Bella with Selina Thompson (GBR) | Bobby Baker (GBR) | Cassie Thornton(CAN/USA) | Cathy Cross with Children from Lansbury Bridge and Broad Oak, St Helens (GBR) | Cheng Xinhao (CHN) | Dr Emma Young(GBR) | Fox Irving (Women’s Working Class) (GBR) | Prof. Rita Giacamanand Dr Weeam Hammoudeh (PSE) with Dr Hanna Kienzler (GBR)| Hwa Young Jung  (GBR/KOR) | Jamal Gerald (GBR) | Jesse Presley Jones (IRL) | Johanna Hedva (USA/DEU) | Migrants in Culture (GBR) | Lois Weaver(GBR) | Martin O’Brien (GBR) | Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa (Black Power Naps) (Nomadic) | Neil Bartlett (GBR) | No White Saviors (UGA) | Kat Salas and Matilda Bickers (STROLL PDX) with Roya Amirsoleymani (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) (USA) | Touretteshero (GBR) | Cecilia Ashaley and Esenam Drah (GHA) with Dr Ursula Read (GBR) | Youngsook Choi (GBR) | Zwoisy Mears-Clarke (DEU) and more.

Curated and hosted by artist and mental activist ‘the vacuum cleaner’ and curator and agitator Cecilia Wee.

With For About 2020 is made with love by Heart of Glass in partnership with Live Art Development Agency(GBR), Create Ireland, Gessnerallee (CHE), Sophiensaele(DEN) New Theatre Institute of Latvia (as part of ACT: Art, Climate, Transition project co-financed by the Creative Europe programme), A Blade of Grass (USA), Stroll PDX with PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) (USA) and Migrants in Culture.