Citizenship, Sights

See: Processions (UK)

This checks all boxes that make me happy: DIY flags. Processions. Participatory art. Empowering women, especially right now. Check, check, check!

Join us on 10th June for PROCESSIONS, a mass artwork celebrating 100 years of women voting, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

On Sunday 10th June, women* (*those who identify as women or non-binary) and girls from across the UK will come together to create a vast participatory artwork taking place simultaneously for one day. PROCESSIONS will be a living portrait of UK women in the 21st century.

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Flags made by Helen De Main and participants at the Glasgow Women’s Library. // HT: Rosie O’Grady (@OGradyRosie) // What’s not to love about this? You’ve got Helen De Main’s gorgeous design sensibility [Helen was a contributing artist to my make things (happen) project in 2014] and with participants at the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s history.

Check out Processions’ Make Your Own Banner guides for extensive downloadable PDF toolkits and school resource kits.

My only wish is that I could be there in one of those four amazing cities this Sunday.


Happiness exhibitions

Thrift Radiates Happiness inscription


This exhibition, the first to be housed in this disused bank, will be focused on finance and investment. The title is taken from an inscription inside the bank. It’s a neat example of a non-traditional exhibition space. Plus, the line-up of artists is getting interesting…
Opening March 14–17, 2013

Thrift Radiates Happiness
Municipal Bank, Birmingham, UK


Thrift Radiates Happiness

December 9, 2012–January 27, 2013
Nady Azhry: Sharing Happiness
TRYSTLIVING, Jakarta, Indonesia


Opening 10/25: Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colours)

Christine Wong Yap, Irrational Exuberance (asst. colours), Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

I’m expanding Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colours) for an installation at the Chinese Arts Centre’s new pop-up shop project space. I was a resident at CAC when I was inspired to explore modest ambitions, decoration, and pleasure through discount store culture, so this is a homecoming of sorts.

October 26, 2012–February 16, 2013
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colours)
Preview: October 25, 2012, 5:00-7:30 pm

Chinese Arts Centre
13 Thomas Street, Manchester, UK, M4 1EU


Through 8/31: Window Work @ DXDX Studio, Plymouth, UK

Have a look! One of my Positive Signs has been interpreted as a window drawing in Plymouth, UK.

Window Work, DXDX Studio, Plymouth, UK

Window Work, DXDX Studio, Plymouth, UK

WINDOW WORK is a programme of artworks in a display window of an artist run studio space.

The current WINDOW WORK project asks artists (through an open call submission process) to propose a text work, diagram, drawing, instruction piece, design etc that can easily be drawn (translated) onto the main studio window using chalk pens.

The selected works are drawn/traced/copied onto the window by studio members who follow simple instructions provided by the artist.

Window Work
DXDX Studio

Regent Street, Plymouth, UK


The $1,300 test

Whilst in the UK during the Breathe Residency, I’d heard rumblings that the UK’s Home Office (domestic government) planned to tighten the borders with hugely detrimental effects on art galleries and residency programmes. The new procedures require:

“All non-EU visitors now must apply for a visa in person, and supply biometric data, electronic fingerprint scans and a digital photograph. The Home Office’s 158-page guideline document also outlines new controls over visitors’ day-to-day activity: visitors must show that they have at least £800 pounds of personal savings, which have been held for at least three months prior to the date of their application.”

What?! £800 amounts to over $1,300 USD. It would be nice if all artists could maintain a little nest egg, just for their own financial security—however, to maintain it for the sole purpose of entering the UK for a residency program or art exhibition seems ridiculous. The rate of exchange is not really favorable for Americans — imagine the challenge for artists from developing countries. There must be away to keep the country safe, without making England seem so Orwellian to its own highly-surveilled citizens and unwelcoming to potential visitors.

Some art organizations are getting organized and have posted a petition aimed at Parliament here.