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Reading Towards Action

Reading Towards Action

Reading Towards Action is informed by the writings of Paul Freire and was kick-started by reading Brian Murphy’s book, ‘Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World: An Open Conspiracy for Social Change.’ By reading texts together in the crossfire of interpretation, Reading Towards Action opens up a space for critical reflection and encourages collective action on issues of personal and political concern.

The current round of Reading Towards Action concentrates on texts exploring the relationship between art, ecology and culture activism. Starting with Suzanne Lacy’s influential essay, ‘Debated Territory: Toward a Critical Language for Public Art’, we’ll be moving on to texts that explore human-induced climate change, the role of art in a time of ecological emergency and the relevance of new social movements such as Extinction Rebellion.

Four sessions are scheduled to start the process and after that we’ll decide a collective way forward.

6th, 20th June, 4th, 18th July, 7-9pm

Everyone is welcome – even if you think this may not be for you! The only criteria for inclusion being a willingness to engage with the texts and listen to different points of view.

To find out more, sign up to the programme or get the first session’s reading material, email


June 6 @ 7:00 pm
July 18 @ 9:00 pm
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Whitespace, 76 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH8 9HQ
76 East Crosscauseway
Edinburgh, EH8 9HQ United Kingdom


Jonathan Baxter

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