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Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh Art Festival
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2017


Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership is practice-led research into the use of mythical archetypes in socialist imagery of the 1920s, and the ways in which this imagery can be re-invigorated through socially engaged practice, to empower communities to re-imagine their relationship to work and labour. It aims to open up a space for public audiences to engage and enter into a dialogue around ideologies in relation to dominant social values as to what constitutes labour and who profits from it.

The research takes as its starting point the imagery found on The National Union of Mineworkers Northumberland area Banner of 1924. The banner employs the mythical archetype of George and the Dragon to challenge power structures as part of the labour movement's campaign to nationalise the mining industry in the inter-war period of the 1920s.

The research was commissioned by Bait, Ashington, Northumberland awarded £20,000 and further developed through invitation by Edinburgh Arts Festival as one of four major commissions £30,000 for their 2017 programme in partnership with Canal View Primary School, Westerhails, Edinburgh.

AshingtonResidency, Northumberland 2016-17

Edinburgh Arts Festival 2017 & 2018 

Canal View Primary School, Wester Hailes (EAF partnership)

The Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester  

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