Posted on 24 Jun 2020
Current Collaborations
An abolitionist programme organised by Che Gossett, Lola Olufemi and Sarah Shin in collaboration with Arika and hosted by Silver Press
Abolition is a perennial and open invitation to take seriously the potential of revolutionary love opposed to carcerality. Over four weeks in August 2020, activists, academics and artists including Saidiya Hartman, Christina Sharpe, Sondra Perry, Miss Major, adrienne maree brown and Tourmaline reflect on the horizon, practices and perspectives of abolition and its connections to gender, poetry, technology, performance, speculation, aesthetics and care. The online series of events commemorates Black August and is for anyone who wishes to answer the abolitionist call to action and thought. Full programme here.

Harry Josephine Giles and Sasha Saben Callaghan have conceived of a collaborative project that asks disabled artists to write a manifesto for what the arts in Scotland could and should be like for them in the post pandemic era.

Before COVID-19, disabled artists were already routinely excluded from visual arts and galleries, were already often failed by the arts and cultural sector. No one has to tell us the reasons why – poverty, prejudice, stairs, forms, noisy parties, austerity, tickboxes – we all know. Same old, same old. Normal was already no use to us, and we were never normal.

Now, at a time when all of our adjustments are suddenly reasonable, the world is experiencing just a fraction of our normal, and everyone else is suddenly interested in isolation, vulnerability and distance communication, we want to hand that provocation over to you. Because we're not going back to normal. The world is changing, so let's remake it with our ideas. If we want an artistic revolution, this is our chance.

To build the manifesto, which will be produced both online and in print, artists are being asked to consider questions such as ‘What would art be like if it was always centred on disabled people?’, ‘How is art in Scotland set up to exclude disabled people?’ and ‘Can art ever include disabled people in a society that excludes us’?

Submissions will be paid and are invited from artists based in Scotland, at any level of experience who identify as Disabled, D/deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, crip, mad, sick, spoonie or otherwise. To find out more about the manifesto and how to submit a contribution before the deadline of 30 June, visit the Not Going Back to Normal website here.

This project is produced by Collective and was commissioned and is supported by a group of Scottish arts organisations: ArikaArtlinkCCACollectiveDCAGlasgow School of Art ExhibitionsProject Ability and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.


Decriminalised Futures is a collaborative project using creative tools to explore a broad range of topics impacting on the lives of sex workers. The emphasis is on supporting artwork and popular education that speaks to a multiplicity of sex worker experiences; intersects with sex worker rights; and connects with broader social, labour and movement struggles.
Events include public exhibitions (initially at ICA London in early 2021), workshops, artist meet-ups, mentoring sessions, and an ongoing reading group. The project will culminate in a multi-day conference, bringing together all the work, ideas and knowledge produced over the next four years.
Selected artists for the exhibtion, that will create works that build from the panels and discussions which took place at SWARM’s 2019 Festival of Resistance, include: Yarli Allison, Khaleb Brooks, Chi Chi Castillo + Semaj, Cory Cocktail, Hannah Hill, Liad Hussein Kontorowicz, Letizia Miro, Aisha Mirza, Annie Mok and Danica Uskert.
The project is lead by organisers and artists from SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement), in partnership with Arika and is supported by the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.
Episode 11
We were working on something that might have turned into Episode 11 in March 2021, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s been postponed until we know when meeting up in person will be possible again. 
Other Recent Projects

Episode 10: A Means Without End took place at the Tramway, Glasgow from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th November 2019 and was five days of performances, discussions, screenings and study sessions about how the art and thought of collectivist desires, the complex flow of contemporary maths and the counterintuitive realities of particle physics help us grow the capacity to be one another’s means without end. We're working on the documentation from these events and hope to be able to share this with you soon.

In the summer of 2019 Arika supported two people from the Scottish Ballroom scene to attend the House Lives Matter convening conference and events at New York City Black Pride including The Heritage Ball. We then supported Vogue Scotland's Grace Jones X Nick Cave Ball.

Arika also were invited to attend a Creators Exchange on the Land on Arran in July 2019 as part of the Indigenous Contemporary Scene events at the Edinburgh Fringe and took part in a follow-up event about Land Acknowledgments and Cutural Protocols. 

The I wanna be with you everywhere festival that took place at Performance Space New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art in April 2019 was a great success. We're working on the video, audio and photo documentation from the events so that we can share the events with you soon. 

We also have ongoing work with sex worker, migrant and anti-poverty groups in Glasgow. You can get a wee insight into the kind of things we've been up to recently here.