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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Matthews Yard

After the riots in summer 2012, 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
4,828 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Etienne Lengereau

Help get a memorial plaque for incredible female artist who has no tombstone!

May Alcott Nieriker was a nineteenth-century American painter who achieved many remarkable accomplishments as a single woman in Paris between the years of 1870-1879. At a time when women were not admitted to the beaux arts and were forced to pay double in tuition at the private art schools of Paris, May daringly travelled alone to pursue an art career at the age of thirty. She made a great impact on the Parisian art scene: being exhibited at the Paris Salon twice (1877, 1879) and publishing a book, Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply (1879), providing practical advice for other young American women who wished to study in painting in Europe. Her art was truly radical—protesting against the continuing enslavement of African peoples—and was even celebrated by John Ruskin: the most influential art critic of the period. However, if you go to the Montrouge Cemetery today, you won’t even know she’s buried there. While May’s family ensured there was a tombstone for her in her hometown of Concord where she is not buried, there is no plaque to mark the site of her remains in Montrouge. This is because her burial lot was not renewed ten years after her death, as her husband had returned to Switzerland. As a consequence, she was moved to the common grave where there is no plaque to commemorate her. In order to change this, we need to send a petition to the Mayor of Montrouge, Etienne Lengereau, with enough signatures to convince him that it’s worth investing in a memorial plaque for May. Please sign this petition—women artists deserve to be commemorated in monuments just as much as men! For more information on May see this short video: *** Pétition pour installer une plaque commémorative à une artiste sans pierre tombale. Artiste peintre Américaine ayant séjourner à Paris de 1870 à 1879, May Alcott Nieriker accomplit des choses incroyables pour une femme célibataire du XIXème siècle. À une époque où les femmes étaient inadmissibles aux Beaux Arts et donc obligées de payer deux fois plus pour s’inscrire dans les écoles privées, May voyagea courageusement toute seule à Paris pour poursuivre une carrière de peintre à l’âge de trente ans. Ses œuvres eurent beaucoup d’impact sur la scène artistique de Paris ; elle exposa deux fois au Salon de Paris (1877, 1879) et publia en 1879 Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply [Étudier l’art à l’étranger et le faire sans trop dépenser], un livre destiné aux autres jeunes Américaines voulant étudier l’art en Europe. En tant qu’artiste, elle était très engagée, et son œuvre radicale dénonça notamment l’esclavage du peuple africain. Elle fut même célébrée par John Ruskin, le critique d’art anglais plus célèbre de l’époque.             Cependant, si vous allez aujourd’hui au cimetière de Montrouge, vous n’y trouverai aucune trace de sa présence. Bien que sa famille lui ait consacré une pierre tombale dans sa ville natale de Concord aux Etats-Unis, il n’y aucune plaque commémorative pour indiquer sa dernière demeure à Montrouge. Son caveau ne fut pas renouvelé dix ans après sa mort à cause du déménagement de son veuf retourné en Suisse. Par conséquence, ses dépouilles furent transférées à la fosse commune où il n’y a aucune plaque ni pierre tombale la commémorant.             Pour remédier à cette négligence, nous comptons envoyer au maire de Montrouge, M. Étienne Lengereau, une pétition avec autant de signatures que possibles pour le convaincre qu’il vaut la peine d’installer un plaque en l’honneur de May. Nous vous prions donc de signer cette pétition, et d’affirmer que les femmes artistes méritent d’être commémorées à la même hauteur que leurs confrères masculins. Merci d’avance de votre aide. Notre vidéo Youtube, sous-titrée en français, explique notre démarche ainsi que l’importance historique de May Alcott.   

Azelina Flint
164 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Sir Albert Bore, James McKay, Jacqui Kennedy

Support Street Culture in Birmingham, Don't Strangle It

  Stop the Criminalisation of Street Culture in Birmingham Labour-led Birmingham City Council have introduced plans to make it a criminal offence punishable by fines of up to £1000 and a criminal record to play musical instruments or sing songs on the streets if any amplification is used. The proposed ‘Public Space Protection Order’ (PSPO) would also apply to political protestors such as the Friends of the Library of Birmingham Campaign who use microphones to make speeches during rallies and protests, and religious groups. When Birmingham Bobby PC Ian Northcott borrowed a busker’s guitar and gave an impromptu version of ‘Wonderwall’ on the city’s streets, a YouTube video of the incident went viral and became a feel-good international news story about the breaking down of barriers between the police and the public and the power of street music to create a sense of urban community. PC Ian Northcott went on to use his raised public profile to raise money and awareness for Socks and Chocs, a charity that provides food and clothing to vulnerably housed and homeless people. Under Birmingham’s proposals the ‘Busking Bobby’ would have been committing a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record. Far from building good relationships between the police and the community, under these new powers police would be potentially be required to arrest any buskers breaching the PSPO doing damage to to the reputation of the police in the community. At time when police and local authority budgets are under pressure, the PSPO would waste the police’s time by requiring them to arrest people for playing music and singing songs rather than doing vitally important police work and keeping people safe.  As well as being an attack on cultural, political and religious freedoms these draconian new powers are totally unnecessary. Birmingham City Council have a wide range of existing powers that could and should be used against the small minority of street performers and street preachers that cause a persistent nuisance. The Keep Streets Live Campaign successfully opposed policies that criminalised street culture in Liverpool, York and Canterbury and went on to work with the councils in those cities to introduce policies that support a vibrant street culture. We call upon Birmingham to abandon its plans to introduce a PSPO and to work with the local busking community, business groups, Musician's Union, Keep Streets Live Campaign and other affected parties to agree a best practise guide that promotes harmonious relationships in the city, encourages and actively supports the artists and musicians who animate the city's streets helping to make Birmingham the vibrant city of culture that it is.  

Keep Streets Live Campaign
5,532 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to UK artists and cultural workers

Artists for Corbyn: An Open Letter

Artists for Corbyn: An Open Letter Now is the time for artists to stand up.Now is the time for cultural workers to fight back. Now is the time to declare our support for Jeremy Corbyn's vision for a fairer society. Artists, cultural workers, please sign and share. The names of all signatories will be added to a huge hand painted banner:12 noon Saturday 3 June 2017 in front of the Museum of Liverpool,Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG. Come along, bring your friends and enemies, all are welcome. Why Sign?The arts in Britain are at a crossroads with the post-Brexit loss of EU funding and the relentless Tory cuts to arts and public services. The Tories are well advanced in their systematic decimation of arts and culture in the UK. They are eliminating the arts from the education system, cutting funding support for the arts on an unprecedented scale, and overseeing our removal from an international community and related funding systems via a ‘hard’ Brexit. They’ve already trebled university tuition fees and scrapped maintenance grants. Artists are saddled with debt and confronted with the prospect of permanent low pay in a criminally underfunded arts sector. Cultural workers face ever more hostile working conditions. Ordinary people are not safe from Theresa May’s government. The young, the elderly, migrants, nurses, teachers, women and people with disabilities have all bore the brunt of relentless Tory cuts. We’re witnessing the development of a neoconservative social dystopia in which homelessness increases year on year (16% in the last 12 months) in sickening correlation with the growth of wealth of the UK’s 1,000 richest people (14% in the same period). Expect more, expect worse. This cannot go on any longer. We cannot allow this cold and calculated cruelty to continue to corrode our society. Enough is enough! Jeremy Corbyn proposes an alternative vision, a future in which we spend billions on education and healthcare instead of wars and bailing out bankers - a co-operative, democratic country of shared wealth and resources in which everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential no matter what their circumstances. A Corbyn-led Labour Government would introduce a raft of policies that would immediately and directly benefit the arts: the National Education Service, including a life changing 30 hours per week of childcare funding for many of our 1 year olds and all our 2 year olds, an ‘arts’ pupil premium’ (which translates to £160million a year for cultural projects in schools), the scrapping of university tuition fees, a commitment to tackle fair pay in the arts, including a ban on unpaid internships and a £10 minimum wage. Artists and cultural workers stand in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn.We stand for an alternative vision of co-operation, democracy and fairness.We reject the Tory’s ideological warfare of austerity. For the many, not the few! Artists for Corbyn All signatories’ names will be added to a huge banner painted by artists (and their children), 12 noon Saturday 3 June 2017 in front of the Museum of Liverpool - Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG. Come and join us for the event. The banner will then tour across the UK until Election Day (June 8th). Election Day will see a spectacular banner drop at a secret location to be announced shortly. Signatures will be collected until the General Election and added to the final spectacular banner drop on Election Day. This open letter has been initiated by a network of artists and cultural workers based in Liverpool and Manchester.

Artists For Corbyn
2,689 supporters