23 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Matthews Yard

After the riots in summer 2011, I opened Matthews Yard to create a place for our community. We have battled for survival for more than 5 years and thanks to the love and support of the people from Croydon we are still going strong today. We have hosted thousands of events ranging from baby showers and birthday parties to weddings and wakes along with a diverse range of arts, cultural and community events including film festivals, political meetings, activist meetings, charity fundraisers, music gigs, comedy nights and so much more. But now we are at risk of closure because of developers who want to replace us with a housing development. Over 50,000 people have attended events at MY and hundreds of thousands more have passed through our cafe for an informal meeting, or to have coffee, cake or the best burgers Croydon has ever seen (as voted by you the people, in Time Out this year). Matthews Yard is a much needed central and independent focal point for community activity. The Impact Report available on the Matthews Yard website at provides much more information on our achievements. Regeneration in Croydon now directly threatens Matthews Yard and all the work which has gone into building our space. If planning permission is granted and the building is demolished without MY securing an alternative home then we will be forced to close in Summer 2018. To help Matthews Yard have the best shot at success and to ensure a lasting legacy, Matthews Yard has announced it will convert to a Community Interest Company and reinvest 100% of trading surpluses into delivering its community objectives. We now need the support of the Mayor of London to secure our long-term future. If you care about art, culture or community and you want to help save Matthews Yard, then please, please sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible.

Saif Bonar
6,308 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Paolo Baratta


#BiennalYe With contemporary art lingering confused in a mannerist phase, and architecture having abandoned its ambitions of changing the world, we believe West is the best person to show us the way forward and to explain, agitate, and situate creative production in its current cultural and global setting. As such, we believe West should be invited to curate and direct the world's biggest bi-annual international exhibition. West has a longstanding history of deep and sincere engagement with art. Art school educated, West has been the figure that has gotten Vanessa Beecroft onto MTV (through their collaboration on Runaway), and placed George Condo in Walmart (through his cover art for My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy). Plus, he photoblogged the entirety of Urs Fischer's 2009 New Museum exhibition.As a champion of contemporary architecture, West has taken renegade architectural practice OMA to Cannes (through their design of a pyramid to screen his film Cruel Summer), lectured to students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and even turned the word 'architecture' into a verb. Hell, his statement, "Everything needs to actually be architected", would offer a profound title for Venice's architecture exhibition. West understands the conflicts and confluences of culture and entertainment, and the mechanisms for making creative production public, better than most others in the business. He is perfectly situated to bring these significant contemporary complexities to the heart of cultural discourse, via the world's largest exhibition of art or architecture . Plus, we feel damn sure he would put on a decent exhibition, and give the stagnant worlds of art and design a significant kick with his Yeezys. Dreaming of free entrance for those wearing leather tracksuit bottoms, an Instagram sponsored prize for best national pavilion, and a special fleet of Maybach vaporettos, we ask for Kanye West to be appointed Artistic Director of the Visual Arts or Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale.NOTE: This petition was originally titled 'APPOINT KANYE WEST TO CURATE THE 2015 VENICE ART BIENNALE'. Following the appointment of Okwui Enwezor to curate the 2015 Biennale, we have expanded our horizons, and will now maintain the petition in perpetuity until Ye is finally appointed artistic director of the Venice Biennale, as he was born to do. We will now accept his appointment to the position of Artistic Director of either the Art or Architecture Biennales, being equally placed, as he is, to lead both.

1,280 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Gavin Henderson OBE

Gavin Henderson must stand down as principal of RCSSD

Over the past week, it has become clear that Gavin Henderson CBE, the principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, is not fit to lead the institution in a 21st Century manner and in a way that tackles current and future issues that the theatre and arts industry faces.  When talking about setting targets in relation to encouraging an uptake in Black and Minority Ethnic students, he referred to those from less priveleged and BAME communities who auditioned for the drama school as ‘risks’. Henderson also said he felt that the RCSSD could not lay down specific targets for BAME students as the instituion had a “reputation to maintain”.  In addition, while discussing the #MeToo movement, and the response from the Royal Court’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone in creating a code of practice for stamping out sexual abuse, harrassment, and abuses of power in the theatre industry, Henderson said that he believed Featherstone had “restricted the creative process” by going “too far down that route”.  His use of language around these issues, and failure to commit to tangible goals in addressing the issues of racial diversity, display a complete lack of empathy with some of the largest challenges and opportunities that the arts industry faces going forward. For this reason, we believe that Mr Henderson is not the right person to lead an institution that has been named the top UK drama school, and therefore one that should be leading the way forward for the theatre practitioners of the future, rather than dragging its heels under a principal who is unequipped, reluctant, lacking in understanding and empathy, and resistant to the changes RCSSD, its students, and its future candidates so desperately need.  The institution cannot move forward in a progressive and efficient way with this man at the helm. We therefore call for principal Gavin Henderson’s resignation. Links for more info and background to Mr Henderson’s comments:

Change in the Arts
20 supporters