SW: Hire us, and by us I mean working class, queer Black and Brown folk and women. Give us the opportunity to reach and connect with our own communities. The opportunity to not only create but run our own forward-thinking, inclusive and accessible creative spaces is the way forward and for real/ lasting change to happen.
SW: Lack of accessible physical space has been an issue lately. Even before Covid-19. That in itself is rooted in lack of funding and in the aim of trying to stay independent as a cultural curator dedicated to centring the experiences of marginalised artists trying to exist in a white, male-dominated industry.
INT: What other organisations are out there like yours, and what sets yours apart?
CF: I’m looking to folk that aren’t afraid to step outside their comfort zone or specialism – that is the place to meet people, to listen, to learn, to understand what the work is. Whether it’s visual art, experimental music, film, moving image or even civic activism – it’s all too easy to speak only to your own following. For that reason, I’m not going to speak of like-minded orgs, even though I love them. I love Gal-Dem for keeping journalism alive; Laurie Anderson for sheer creative force; International Anthem and Elastic Arts in Chicago for the music; Michael Clark for movement; Bev Glenn Copeland for their voice; and Scottish Rights of Way for making it a statutory law that I can exist in the landscape.
INT: What are the major challenges you’re facing?
Jupiter Rising takes place on 27 and 28 August 2021.
INT: What can the creative industry do to support your mission?
CF: Sarra makes a very good point about access. For cultural democracy to exist, to flourish even, we need a level playing field where grassroots and artist-led gigs, exhibitions and collectives can thrive. Giving us the basement in the pub on a Tuesday doesn’t work anymore. Dare I suggest those city councils take a look at underused buildings and public spaces? Let’s not forget history either – grassroots theatre flourished (albeit briefly) in the late 80s and early 90s. Can we learn from each other? Can we work together? Aside from that, do check out the artists involved in Jupiter Rising this year and support them where you can. Alongside OH141, we’re working with the awesome Night School Records, Lost Map Records and sign up for the newsletter to hear the full lineup, released on 12 May.