The Institute welcomed Studio Polpo who applied for the Institute Makeover residency



The Institute welcomed search party for summer residency in July and they welcomed us in Eastleigh in August.

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The Institute welcomed Fern and Phil with Doin’ Dirt Time. 

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The Institute were invited by Artquest to hold a workshop on Collectivity at For the Love of It‘ conference. As a part of the workshop, the Institute donated their £400 fee towards an artist residency at the Institute that workshop participants were to propose (in addition to adding extra £26 toward £426 fee.) As it turned out, the Institute were commissioned by the workshop participants to do their own residency. The participants created a series of tasks that the Institute still struggling to complete… The Institute have decided to complete For the Love of It Collectivity residency it in their new house in Anfield.



The Institute 2012 residencies have been engaged with Reproduction, Documentation and Ageing and the residents’ concern to improve their living conditions.

A number of artists took up 2012 residencies: Stuart WatsonPete Hindle, the vacuum cleaner and Cinderfella: Dr Persilovsky.

the vacuum cleaner has been transferring files and images and names and data and documents from our old website to this new site! We are so pleased to see it – just in time for 2013 and REF. We have now moved on from the age of dreamweaver to the age of wordpress.

Stuart Watson came in Spring. Using recycled wood, Stuart built a raised bed for our back garden and using old bricks he made spiral garden for the herbs at the front. Sage, rosemary, parsley, thyme,  marjoram are some of the herbs we now use in cooking. During the summer we had fresh lettuce, broad beans and runner beans every week. It takes so little to transform our way of understanding and consuming food.


Pete Hindle came to visit us in April. He came to draw and paint and hang around the house and the neighbourhood. It was great to see Pete again! He was last at the Institute in 2008. For the most of his residency we were away in Dubrovnik. It was great to come back home to an array of objects that Pete has left around the house: lamp, radio, egg cups, caffettiera, sharp knives… Pete has written about the residency on his blog; post is titled Liverpudlian Residency.

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Cinderfella: Dr Persilovsky came to the Institute for the whole of August. He cleaned the house. We came back from our summer holiday and saw what the house is capable of – such sparkle, such cleanliness. Dr Persilovsky, an independent cleaner scholar wrote about his labour on Cinderella Residency blog. This was the Institute’s commissioned project.


The Institute’s original Call for expressions of interest and Cinderfella’s accepted proposal (from 22 applicants) are  featured below.


2011 saw the Institute host families with kids and hold conversations about art activism and the upbringing of children! The conversations will soon be available as videos.

Helena WalshKevin Biderman and Ella visited the Institute at the end of January. Our weekend coincided with protests against public sector cuts in Manchester, so we all decided to go for a fun family day out! We were joined by Jennifer, Rob and Ella. 3 families, 3 boys, 2 Ellas! Joyous walk, sweet Indian cakes and some very boring speeches at the Rally… It was wonderful to see a group of youths break off from the main demonstration and use the streets in a celebratory fashion – with a sound of ‘walk like an Egyptian’. In the evening we were joined by our old friend Melissa and her new family, Clayton and Maggie. Food, drink and discussion… Music as well. Children had their own fun in the tent. Helena, Kevin and Ella’s residency was an opportunity for exchange of parenting tips on upbringing the children lovingly and critically. This residency was about spending time together, making friends and discussing critical forms of parenting and division of labour in the household. We also managed to record Free Conversation for the Free University of Liverpool. Many happy returns!

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Paula McCloskey, Sam Vardy, Fionn and Oisin visited the Institute at the beginning of April. We conversed about a place of their own, an inspiring new project that brings together critical arts practice and parenting. Our filmed FREE CONVERSATIONS revolved around family and art making, friendship, community and ownership. And we had a great game of footy on the beach, followed by fish & chips (for the Institute fish, for a place of their own chips) and first ever fully vegan shepherd’s pie. What a family! Unstoppable… and since May with a new baby girl Roma whom we are looking forward to meet.

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Townley and Bradby visited in June. They organized a weekend event artists as parents as artists in Wysing Arts Centre back in 2009. Their residency followed up from that exchange. Anna and Lawrence were particularly interested in notions around ‘play’ and children’s understanding of public spaces with their inherent rules. With Lawrence, Anna, Martha and Hope, we visited Liverpool World Museum, we went on a daytrip to New Brighton, we played on the playground and invented games. We recorded one of them, with kids. It was with this residency that children and their playfulness was placed centrally.


Reverend BillySavitri D and Lena visited us in July. They stayed with us as a part of their Liverpool leg of the European Earthalujah tour. As we met Rev Billy and Savtiri back in 2009, this was a perfect opportunity to learn about their experience about becoming parents and yet remaining one the most prominent anti-capitalist activists in the US and beyond. We walked the Everton Brow and discussed parenting and safety – things one does not dare do because of being a parent, such as direct confrontation with police, avoidance of risky demonstrations etc, but at the same time shared a vision about what kind of world we want our children to be in. Savitri facilitated Gabriel’s special concert to the members of the Stop Shopping choir. Climate change, sustainability and family making were the topic of our discussions amongst street actions and theatre performance.

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Some Issues

“Call for residencies is open for 2010. We are looking to fund 4 residencies a year. Maximum sum £450. We are primarily interested in dissent, financial transparency, homemade aesthetics and critiques of consumer capitalism. When applying (on no more than one A4 + CV), please outline how your residency would relate to any of those themes. For more information see our past residencies. The deadline is February 22 2010.”

After posting this notice to a few email lists and on the web, we realized we were WRONG!
So this happened next, an email to all the applicants at the end of February:

Dear Applicants to the Artist Residency 2010 at the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home,

Thank you for your interest and application.

We have been overwhelmed with the emails, and can no longer keep on top of the monster we’ve created. By setting up the Institute some three years ago we’ve been trying to fight the capitalist system that is in place within the ‘arts sector’ (watch the language!) but it seems that we’ve only fed the beast itself with our own action. As it stands with the applications, we feel we can’t possibly decide whom to include and whom to exclude, and therefore feel it is best we don’t have any artist residencies this year (at least not through this format of ‘competition’ and ‘application’).

However, you are all very welcome to come and visit us at the Institute and join us in an ongoing battle between art and capitalism. Exchange ideas, help build connections and inspire one another.

Sorry for taking up your time with the application. We hope that your project finds its way in the world somehow… and also that we get to see/meet each other soon.

We are more than happy to discuss the above with you.


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In November the Institute (in collaboration with the Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group) welcomed Maresa MacKeith with Ange Taggart and Caroline MacKeith. As a part of residency/reading group we discussed some of Maresa’s writings on Inclusion and Vulnerability together with Ernst Bloch’s writing on The True Architect in The Principle of Hope, Volume 3. The encounter was recorded on a temporary pirate radio station as a part of Homeland a series of transmissions organised by Charlotte Morgan and No Fixed Abode. More information and recordings are available through Disrupt Dominant Frequencies.

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Branka Cvjeticanin returned to the Institute in June to continue her work as an Artist/Au Pair. This time she decided to clean up the space. The Institute and the kitchen were cleaned up. The children helped with the kitchen. Branka removed all the memorabilia from the Institute walls. We’ve had to pause, wonder and start all over again. Branka left us with the folder entitled ‘the Institute makeover or erase it’. Here are a few images from it, the space as it looked before and after the makeover/erasure.

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Cathy Butterworth‘s residency Miss Julie’s Brief Return to the Institute ‘with’ her Nan involved her reminiscing on last year’s Institute project Miss Julie in Utopia through a conversation with her one time Everton-based grandmother. Additionally, Cathy was looking after Engels, a working collie puppy, our latest family member who is yet to be fully house-trained. Cathy suggested a great first walk for him, one that takes in the streets her grandmother used to play on. A transcript of Cathy’s conversation with her nan and other members of her family is available in Archive and the above link.

Sam Vardy‘s residency entitled A Spatial Study of Shifting Meaning at the Institute got us all into drawing, playing, measuring, remembering and conversing. Sam was concerned to remap the Institute and its social and spatial relations. He brought Paula McCloskey and Fionn – who played with Neal and Gabriel non stop for two whole days. Magic. The Institute Sketch Plan is available in Archive.

Abi Lake took up a residency in July. She was concerned to explore different notions of family and alternative family trees, as a part of her larger research into family structures. Her report is available in Archive and here.

PLATFORM and Virtual Migrants took up a day residency in March to talk about financial transparency regarding the forthcoming project C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture at Arnolfini in Bristol. The day began with the usual introductions but also with £175 strewn about the floor of the Institute. This kicked off a really exciting debate re: finances and its un/ethical operations. We all agreed that the discussion must continue.


A number of Residencies were accepted and ran in 2008. We were inundated with proposals and would like to thank everyone who was in touch, and especially our resident artists in 2008:

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PLATFORM + Remember Saro-Wiwa (April) Anna Francis (May) Pete Hindle (June)
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Michael Pinchbeck and Julian Hughes (June/Dec) Branka Cvjeticanin (July) Tom Robinson (July)
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Ruth Beale (July) Simon Bowes (September) Ania Bas (September)
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Nicola Kirkham (November) the very cooperative (November)

Our first residency for 2008 PLATFORM took place in the period from 22nd to 26th April, which coincided with the tour of Remember Saro-Wiwa in Liverpool.

On Wednesday 23rd April The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home staged ‘A Conversation with PLATFORM’ round the themes of labour, family, finances and art – notes and impressions, as transcribed by Gary and Lena, are available as a PDF document in Archive. For more images please link to Martin LeSanto-Smith’s flickr site.


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Anna Francis residency took place from 9 – 11 May. Her residency write-up is available in Archive and linked here.


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Pete Hindle was with us from 23-26 June. He came from Newcastle. He made us laugh a lot and he interviewed us. He also interviewed some other people who have to do with Liverpool08.

Michael Pinchbeck and Julian Hughes came from Nottingham on a day trip. This was Monday 30 June. They brought with them a wooden gun and an oak tree. They took the gun back home and left us an oak tree. They are thinking about our stairs, an installation with found objects, something to do with and High Brow and Low Brow. We went for a walk to Everton Brow – we thought about trees and land there. We thought about Bright Street and how we (don’t) fit. They are coming back in November for bonfire night.


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Michael and Julian completed their residency on 15 December. This was called Blind Summit. This was a connection between Mount Everest and Everton Brow. This was a durational performance where two mountaineers climbed our stairs 380 times! Each stair stood in for a meter of Mount Everest. This was all done blindfolded, with headtorches, ropes and snow as well as boots rucsacs and plenty of stamina. A fan blew gently at the top of the stairs next to a video projection. Downstairs in the front room basecamp was set up next to Union Jacks and toffee. The soundtrack included the Sound of Music… What an event! Check it out on their blog.

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Tom Robinson came for a day. He came from London. This was Saturday, 5 July. He brought cameras and tripods. He brought loads of lego and building blocks. He worked with the children. They built things together. We, the adults (Mum, Dad and Artist/Au Pair Branka) left them to it. Then we heard big crashing sounds, destruction, demolition upstairs in the Institute. The film and artist’s letter are available in Archive.


Branka Cvjeticanin was with us from Tuesday 1 July to Tuesday 14 July. She came from Zagreb, Croatia. She has been looking after kids and experiencing culture in Liverpool! She has been doing domestic and anthropological research. We talked about unpaid/underpaid labour; we wrote timetables for workloads and thought about daydreams. Her Workload is available in the Archive and linked here.


Ruth Beale and Karen Breneman cycled all the way from London to Liverpool. This took them four days. This was Clarion Epic. Incredibly, they arrived in good spirits and full of energy. We held a Roundtable Discussion on Sunday over some veggie Shepard’s Pie. We talked about freedom, protest, cycling, men, hospitality, kindness of strangers, women and the working class.


Simon Bowes came to Liverpool in search for his family history…

Ania Bas brought us some Vodka with Honey, brightness and fun. She had 15 CVs entitled ‘A Polish Artist at Your Workplace for £5.52 per hour’. She distributed these to cultural institutions, arts venues, bars, shops and leisure centre around Liverpool. She is looking for a job. We hope she gets one and comes back to the Institute as a lodger! Check out her CV in Archive.


Nicola Kirkham took up a writing residency at the Institute 9-16 November to write about the groundbreaking protest in London known as J18 – Carnival Against Capital.


the very cooperative took up residency on 27-28 November to empower the Institute in the dark arts of web design and updating this website. the very cooperative was very cooperative and helped us video the derelict streets around LFC Anfield to the dulcet tones of Geoff Caddick’s version of You’ll Never Walk Alone. Watch this space for video (when the very cooperative empowers us to upload video!)