William Brown Street: 100 years NUWCM Protest: Peace Art Happening outside Walker Gallery
Venue: Walker Art Gallery
Times: 14:00 - 16:00
Art Happening, Liverpool
Monday 13th September 2021 2-4pm
To mark the Centenary of the occupation of the Walker Art Gallery by the National Unemployed Workers’ Committee Movement.
In 1921 the Walker was occupied by the National Unemployed Workers’ Committee Movement (NUWCM). A movement formed in the years following the First World War when thousands of men had returned to unemployment and poverty in Liverpool.
The slogan of the NUWCM was “Work or Maintenance” and their action was non-violent protest and passive demonstration to raise levels of Poor Law relief for families facing starvation.
Earlier in 2021 Artists Union England and Independents Biennial Liverpool conducted a survey of artists livelihoods. The results showed during the pandemic artists struggling with mental health and low levels of work and welfare maintenance.
AUE launched the Good Practice Charter for Artists in October 2020 which sets a benchmark for artists’ working conditions. The Charter aims to tackle inequality and lack of diversity in the sector by raising the standards of pay and conditions.
Want to find out more about the event?
Bring an artwork to display.
Join in the Peaky Blinders Stroll (dance).
Contact: Anthony Padgett artist and Lancashire Representative of the Artists Union England.
Please note: The Walker is closed Mondays.