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Mutual Aid

Criminalisation & Risk
Care & Collaboration
Motherhood & Kinship

4 days of workshops, discussions and artists presentations exploring the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world.


Featuring: Abolitionist Futures, Helen Charman, Eli Clare, Aura Roig Forteza, Glasgow Prisoner Solidarity, Kyla Harris, Peter Krykant, Carolyn Lazard, Legal Action for Women, Lou Macnamara, Miss Major, Hil Malatino, Not One Rogue Cop, Juan Fernández Ochoa, Daniel Oliver, Claricia Revlon, Prisoner Solidarity Network, Nat Raha, Recovering Justice, Margaret Salmon, Dean Spade, Ubuntu Women Shelter, Mai’a Williams, Constantina Zavitsanos.

This project was developed by Arika along with a steering group of community organisers and artists from Glasgow and the UK.

“Around the globe, people are faced with a spiralling succession of crises, from the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change-induced fires, floods, and storms to the ongoing horrors of mass incarceration, racist policing, brutal immigration enforcement, endemic gender violence, and severe wealth inequality. As governments fail to respond to—or actively engineer—each crisis, ordinary people are finding bold and innovative ways to share resources and support the vulnerable. Survival work, when done alongside social movement demands for transformative change, is called mutual aid”.
Dean Spade – Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the next)

Join us to listen, chat and think together as we ask, amongst other things:

How do we create durable movements to combat injustice, while also meeting the immediate needs of the people harmed by poverty, criminalisation, racism, transphobia, and ableism?

How do we think differently about criminalisation and risk, collectively working to find solutions to oppression, policing, incarceration and state violence?

How do mutual aid practices based on the lived and living experiences of people who use drugs help us to imagine the kinds of systemic change made possible when we prioritise people supporting each other?

If we follow Disability Justice practices that approach “care as an event” rather than as a “contract of exchange”, what becomes possible in how we know, care for, and appreciate each other?

How do practices of revolutionary motherhood and queer kinship rethink, shift and radicalise care beyond the domain of the nuclear family?

Programme Events

Still from animated film ‘shit’s totally fucked! What can we do? A mutual aid explainer’ – text and illustrations on paper and wood, that spells out “something really important about all this is that Mutual Aid is not Charity”
9 March 2022

Mutual Aid on the Road to Abolition

Dean Spade Abolitionist Futures

How do we make the connections between the mutual aid practices of our daily lives and anti-capitalist efforts to dismantle wider systems of exploitation?

Mutual Aid
11 March 2022

Prisoner Solidarity in Practice

Prisoner Solidarity Network Glasgow Prisoner Solidarity

How do people both inside and outside of prison work together to dismantle the criminal justice system and build a society based on collective care?

Mutual Aid
In a bedroom filled with daylight, Kyla, a mixed heritage woman in her 30s, sits on a raised bed and looks intently through a digital video camera. She films Lou, a white woman in her 20s who sits in Kyla’s power chair for the first time. Lou looks focused as she tries to reverse.
12 March 2022

Watch What Happens Live with Kyla Harris and Lou Macnamara

Lou Macnamara Kyla Harris

In true reality television style, this in-depth artist talk will tackle all the hardest-hitting questions and juiciest details about care, creative collaboration, and disability justice.

Mutual Aid
12 March 2022

Constantina Zavitsanos and Carolyn Lazard in Conversation

Carolyn Lazard Constantina Zavitsanos

Discussion: If we approach “care as an event” rather than as a “contract of exchange”  then what becomes possible in how we know, care for, and appreciate each other?

Mutual Aid
12 March 2022

Love Hangover

Hil Malatino Eli Clare Nat Raha

A joyful conversation discussing disability, gender transition and care labour as expressions of virtuosic and innovative skills that make care – good care – possible.

Mutual Aid
13 March 2022

Support Not Separation

Ubuntu Women Shelter Legal Action for Women Recovering Justice

How do grassroots feminist organisations strategise relationships between mothers, parents, carers and their children based on respect and empowerment, in resistance to the practice of putting children in often the most uncaring of places – care.

Mutual Aid
2. Poster print image with the caption “capitalism also depends on domestic labour” and an illustration of a factory production line, but instead of factory work, the activity on the production line depicts women undertaking domestic labour, caring for the factory worker at home, in-between leaving and entering the factory.
13 March 2022

Frequency of Touch: the Making of Motherhood

Helen Charman Margaret Salmon

This session focuses in on the defiant mutual aid practices of early and DIY feminist movements in the UK, that attempted to shift and radicalise care and kinship away from the domain of the nuclear family.

Mutual Aid
Miss Major waves regally from an open top car at a Pride parade, she is surrounded by other Pride marchers with banners and placards.
13 March 2022

Chosen Kin: Making Our Loyalties

Mai’a Williams Miss Major Claricia Revlon

How do communities formed under the duress of violent othering and the joy of solidarity – such as ballroom culture, Black diasporas, Zapatistas – reform bonds of kinship?

Mutual Aid


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