Book Launch: Truth and Lies – an anthology of writing and art by sex workers

30 Jul 2022
  •  Glasgow

An evening of live performances, readings & saucy rococo cakes celebrating the launch of Truth and Lies - An Anthology of Writing and Art by Sex Workers. 


In Our Hands Workshop: Uses of Anger

Jun 2022
  •   Glasgow

This workshop will engage gentle body-based activities and discussion to explore anger and its transformative power.

No Diving 2 | Storyboard P

Apr 2022
  •   New York

Live, in person at Performance Space New York, and live-streamed everywhere! Watching Storyboard P dance feels like glimpsing into another world.

A Breath to Follow | Um sopro a se seguir

Mar 2022
  •   CCA Annex (online)

2 days of online discussions and artists presentations exploring the cosmological, decolonial, sensorial practises of Black and Indigenous grass roots art, dance and music collectives in Brazil. 


Dois dias de discussões e apresentações online de artistes explorando as práticas cosmológicas, decoloniais e sensoriais de coletivoas de arte, dança e música de base negra e indígena no Brasil.


Mutual Aid

Mar 2022
  •   Online

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

In Our Hands

Jan 2022 - Mar 2022
  •   Glasgow

In Our Hands is a ten week programme of workshops facilitated by Lisa Fannen, Omikemi and Clay. The sessions will explore radical approaches to health and collective care in the context of movement for liberation and social justice. 

Introduction to Protactile Theory with John Lee Clark

Jul 2021 - Aug 2021

“Introduction to Protactile Theory” is a legendary seminar that facilitator John Lee Clark has designed to bring diverse communities into conversation with the Protactile movement.

Umbrella Lane Book Project

May 2021 (All day)
Umbrella Lane, in partnership with Arika, are producing a sex worker led book around the theme of Lies and Truths.

Trans Femme Futures

May 2021 - Jun 2021

Nat Raha and Mijke van der Drift undertake two intensive writing residencies at Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden and Hospitalfield in Arbroath.

Not Going Back to Normal

Oct 2020

Arika is proud to be one of several arts organisations in Scotland supporting the commissioning of a radical new manifesto, by and for disabled artists working in Scotland.  

Revolution is not a one-time event

Aug 2020
  •   Online

Join activists, academics and artists as they reflect on abolitionist praxis and thought.

Episode 10: A Means Without End

Nov 2019
  •   Glasgow

Complex ways of understanding our complex times. Maths & Poetics. Gesture & Physics. Collectivist Struggle & Desire. 5 days of performances, discussions, screenings and study sessions.

How to Ally with Sex Workers on Decriminalisation of Sex Work

May 2019
  •   Glasgow

Join Scot-PEP, SWARM and Decrim Now for a day of panel discussions focusing on: sex worker's labour rights, how decriminalisation can help in the struggle for sex worker safety, sex work & migration with a film screening of Crossings.

I wanna be with you everywhere

Apr 2019
  •   New York

I wanna be with you everywhere is a gathering of, by, and for disabled artists and writers and anyone who wants to get with us for a series of crip meet-ups, performances, readings and other social spaces of surplus, abundance and joy.

Sex Workers' Festival of Resistance NYC

Mar 2018
  •   New York

For this day-long festival, sex workers and their allies from New York, the tri-state area, and Europe will gather at MoMA PS1 to debate, perform, dance, strategize & share knowledge.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist

Nov 2017
  •   Glasgow

At the centre of this Episode is the life and work of Samuel R. Delany. Grand master of science fiction and architect of one of the queerest and most uncompromisingly experimental literary careers ever undertaken. 

Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance

Apr 2017
  •   Glasgow

A Festival supporting the struggle for Sex Workers’ Rights: share knowledge, discuss, dance and strategise!

Episode 8: Refuse Powers' Grasp

Oct 2016
  •   Glasgow

Over 3 days Episode 8 celebrates all the unruly ways we escape attempts to constrain us, tear down the walls of normative culture and build joy in flight.

No Total

May 2015
  •   New York

Three days of discussions, performances, actions, dancing and food – continuing No Total’s ongoing contemplation of ways of being together and the ways Arika have been entangled in those, ever since Episode 4. 

Episode 7: We Can't Live Without Our Lives

Apr 2015
  •   Glasgow

In a moment of social exhaustion, we want to ask how we might care for each other differently.  We Can’t Live Without Our Lives is a 5-day exploration of care as a form of struggle and resistance, with communities who embody it.

Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

Sep 2014
  •   Glasgow

A 3-day exploration - through performance, screenings and discussion - of the art and politics of wayward communities who refuse to be bound by the fictions of race and sex.

Master Ballstar Weekend

Apr 2014
  •   New York

Master Ballstar Weekend was a series of events that emerged from a multi-year investigation with concerns for how the history of the Ballroom scene intersects with the multiple and often divergent struggles for freedom.

Episode 5: Hidden in Plain Sight

May 2013
  •   Glasgow

Voguing, drag, clubbing, and the politics of communities making different performances of gender and sexuality visible.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Apr 2013
  •   Glasgow

Do art forms like black radical poetry, free jazz and improvisation create a space for the performance of freedom? Did they ever? And can they still do so now?

A survey is a process of listening

May 2012
  •   New York

A performative survey of listening, as we managed to find it being used as a tool in different practices, disciplines and communities in North America. These events were part of the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Episode 3: Copying without Copying

Mar 2012
  •   Glasgow

Copying without Copying is 3 evenings of events that are about what happens when we speak, or when we hear someone speak on our behalf, when we share a collective moment of hearing and maybe understanding.

Episode 2: A Special Form of Darkness

Feb 2012
  •   Glasgow

A festival asking how ideas of nihilism, darkness, subjectivity and abjection play out in experimental music, performance art, horror, neuroscience and philosophy?

Investigation: Jean-Luc Guionnet

Feb 2012
  •   Glasgow

What’s the best way to spend time with a musician when they visit a city to perform? And when the musician in question has a great deal to say, what sort of concert do you organise to do justice to that?

Episode 1: A Film is a Statement

Jan 2012
  •   Glasgow

Every aspect of every film is always about more than just film.  Or, as Godard said: a tracking shot is a moral issue. A cross between a festival, magazine and discussion about experimental artists’ films.


Nov 2010
  •   Glasgow

The final iteration of Arika's INSTAL festivals, the 2010 edition was an experimental festival of experimental music - 3 days of events at the Tramway that explored un-average ideas about sound and music.


May 2010
  •   Glasgow

UNINSTAL was a set of events at Tramway that tested out radical ideas with leading local and international artists. A collection of events (performances, films, installations, walks and talks) about sound and listening.

Kill Your Timid Notion 10

Feb 2010
  •   Dundee

A mixture of investigation groups, live performances, screenings and installations at DCA; the festival looked to strip back music, sound, film and moving image to their core ideas and explore them with artists and audiences.


Mar 2009
  •   Glasgow

Looking at and listening to different ideas about sound and music, INSTAL 09's collection of artists included Tetsuo Kogawa, Phil Minton (and his Centruy FC, feral choir), Austrian Actionist Hermann Nitsch, Steve McCaffery and many more.

Kill Your Timid Notion on Tour

Nov 2008 - Dec 2008
  •   London

In 2008 we toured our Kill Your Timid Notion festival of experimental sound and image to London, Bristol and Glasgow, bringing audiences a taste of the previous 5 festival editions.

Kill Your Timid Notion 08

Oct 2008
  •   Dundee

Bringing together artists working with music, sound, film and the moving image, KYTN 2008 saw performances, improvisations, screenings and installations over three days at DCA.


Feb 2008
  •   Glasgow

A cast of pioneering and provocative spirits who exist outside the mainstream, between borders and definitions;  a series of events that each explore different aspects of music that doesn't quite fit any given category. INSTAL 08 included the Self-Cancellation project.


Sep 2007
  •   Glasgow

NVA asked Arika to curate and programme all the sound aspects of their 2007 Half-Life production in Kilmartin Glen. Arika worked with Toshiya Tsunoda, Lee Patterson, Rhodri Davies and Angharad Davies.

Shadowed Spaces

Jul 2007
  •   Aberdeen

There exist places in our towns and cities that are created not by design, but by circumstance. Shadowed Spaces was a tour of overlooked, bypassed and unconsidered nooks and crannies with 3 musicians.

Music Lover's Field Companion 07

May 2007
  •   Gateshead

A three-day celebration surveying all manner of diverse musical activities, which at their core share a basic kinship: one of exploration and the discovery of musical expresssion.

Kill Your Timid Notion 07

Apr 2007
  •   Dundee

Investigating the border between the audible and the visible means looking at the margins, the edges of creativity where artists test out new boundaries and define them anew.


Oct 2006
  •   Glasgow

The 2006 INSTAL festival saw a broad selection of artists that included Blood Stereo and Ludo Mich, Ellen Fullman and Sean Meehan, Keiji Haino and Tony Conrad and a specially created performance by Maryanne Amacher.

Resonant Spaces

Jun 2006
  •   Glasgow

A tour with John Butcher and Akio Suzuki that set out to allow the audience to experience (and to listen to) the enviroment around them in different way.

Kill Your Timid Notion 06

Feb 2006
  •   Dundee

A festival hewn from passions for experimental music, film and visual art and for a passion in figuring out how they can relate to, cross-fertilise and inspire and each other.

St Giles in the Fields, London 05

Oct 2005
  •   London

One of a series of performances with Corwood Industries. This event took place in London featuring Jandek, Angharad Davies & Rhodri Davies, and Rauhan Orkesteri. 


Oct 2005
  •   Glasgow

A cast of pioneering spirits over an expanded three day festival including Jandek (one year on from his first ever show at INSTAL 04), JO-JO, Tetuzi Akiyama,Tom Bruno, Pauline Oliveros, a legendary Hijokaiden performance and Henri Chopin.

Issue Project Room, New York 05

Sep 2005
  •   NY

One in a series of performances with Corwood Industries. This event at Issue Project Room, New York featured Jandek and Loren Mazzacane Connors performing with Alan Licht.

Anthology Film Archives, New York 05

Sep 2005
  •   New York

One in a series of performances with Corwood Industries. This event at Anthology Film Archives in NYC featured Jandek with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Chris Corsano and Matt Heyner, plus Alan Licht, MV & EE.

CCA Glasgow 05

May 2005
  •   Glasgow

Another in a series of performances with Corwood Industries. This Glasgow event featured Keiji Haino, Jandek, My Cat is an Alien, Richard Youngs, Alex Neilson & Taurpis Tula.

Music Lover's Field Companion 05

May 2005
  •   Gateshead

Taking our festivals south of the border to The Sage Gateshead we set out to offer a few cardinal pointers in the vast array of experimental music practices. 

Kill Your Timid Notion 04

Dec 2004
  •   Dundee

A celebration of risk taking and adventure from some of the boldest pioneers of the past 40 years, melding avant garde and underground forms of music and moving image to create new experiments and experiences in sight and sound.


Oct 2004
  •   Glasgow

Now a two day festival, INSTAL 04 was borne of a desire to open eyes, challenge audiences and expand musical horizons. This was also the year in which a certain representative from Corwood Industries made his first ever live appearance.


Nov 2003
  •   Glasgow

INSTAL's third outing saw performances by AMM, Cosmos (Sachiko M & Ami Yoshida), Voreboms, Vibracathedral Orchestra with Matthew Bower and John Godbert, Paragon Ensemble, Merzbow and Ryoji Ikeda. 

Kill Your Timid Notion 03

Oct 2003
  •   Dundee

Taking over the gallery spaces at Dundee Contemporary Arts, the first Kill Your Timid Notion presented a 3 day programme of live immersive experiences and specially curated film programmes.


Dec 2002
  •   Glasgow

The second edition of the INSTAL festival broadened it's scope to include performances from Francisco Lopez, Phil Niblock, Stefan Mathieu, Alva Noto, Ryoji Ikeda and John Wall.


Dec 2001
  •   Glasgow

The first INSTAL festival (programmed by Barry Esson of Arika and Tiernan Kelly) featured a line-up including Robert Lippock, Philip Jeck, Fennesz, Paragon Ensemble, Icebreaker International, Defaalt and Rhomboi.