Fear of the Surplus coming up at The Tetley

There’s a new venture in Leeds called The Tetley which we’ve just heard about.  Here’s the description of their current project:


For ‘Fear of the Surplus’, a project by artists Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman, a hand crafted stage structure will provide a context for exploring perspectives on work, labour and welfare. The stage will be a setting for a programme of talks by a group of invited speakers – authors, activists, academics, theorists, organisers and campaigners to unpick ideas of work – what it is, why and how we do it, its values and rewards and the conflicting ideas and issues which surround it. With current government rhetoric surrounding work and welfare, Fear of the Surplus is timely in providing a space where conflicting ideas about labour, work systems and possible alternatives can be voiced and debated. Fear of the Surplus refers to those groups – unemployed, the elderly, migrant workers, the recently made redundant, single mothers, under employed, public sector workers – that are either used as scapegoats by those in power, or, considered extra to requirement or surplus to requirements, or both. It can also be taken to refer to capitals inability to address the redistribution of wealth and resources generated by all, through work, in its many different forms, waged and unwaged.

They’ve got an interesting selection of events, starting on 29th November 2013 with Ivor Southwood, ending on 12th January 2014 with readings from EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class. In between, speakers include Nina Power, Jane Tate, Cath Muller and Zygmunt Bauman. Full details here  

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