About

The Spark is a month of free workshops, discussion, art, music and more on building positive change in our lives and the world around us.

Are you unhappy with your housing situation?… How does the criminal justice system effect you?…What educational alternatives are out there? How will we eat and procure food in the future? Who is resisting corporate and political power? Is it working? How could we build safe, caring, communities? Where can you exspark bulbpress yourself fully? 

So many questions but together we have the answers!

The Spark is a series of community-based creative, informative, practical and exploratory workshops and activities. The Spark 2016 ran over June, July and August, see the programme here>>
We’re just beginning to make plans for what the next steps are for the Spark.



All events are wheelchair accessible, and kids space is available.

Donation Welcome>>

Who are we? The Spark organising group is made up of individuals involved in a range of social-justice groups. It is supported by the Economic Justice Project.

The Spark hosts poetry, arts, music, performance and more.  And, if you’re an aspiring poet, musician or artist, there’s plenty of opportunities to learn how.

Check out Spark collaborations, music and poetry here>>

AIMS

  • The Spark aims to bring people together who care about social justice, but wouldn’t normally meet each other to share ideas, stories and tactics for social justice, to imagine the world differently, to discuss key issues, differences and opportunities, and to build new friendships and networks.
  • It will offer space for activities that cover ideas, action, practical and creative skills for social justice and we will also try to offer flexible space for your meetings and workshops.
  • It will aim to be a fun, nourishing experience.
  • We will aim for the Spark to take a decolonial and intersectional approach. Don’t know what these words mean yet? No problem,  see below for more on intersectionality, or come along to a workshop at the Spark…

More on intersectionality

 

Description: This is an infographic featuring text and descriptions TITLE: INTERSECTIONALITY: A FUN GUIDE 1. A drawing of a triangle with a smiley face. The triangle is two shades of blue striped. A speech bubble comes from his mouth saying “Hi”. It is captioned “This is Bob”. 2. Caption: “Bob is a stripey blue triangle AND SHOULD BE PROUD.” Bob has a speech bubble saying “YAY ME”. 3. Caption: “SOME PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE BOB. BOB FACES OPPRESSION FOR BEING A TRIANGLE AND FOR HAVING STRIPES” Image of Bob with a sad face, positioned between stick figures holding a sign saying “Down with stripes” and another set of stick figures holding a sign saying “Down with triangles”. 4. Caption: “LUCKILY THERE ARE LIBERATION GROUPS! BUT THEY AREN’T INTERSECTIONAL. SO THEY LOOK LIKE THIS” An arrow points to two rooms, separated by a barbed wire fence. A room with a sign saying “welcome triangles” with triangles inside of many different solid colours. A room with a sign saying “welcome stripes” featuring many different shapes with stripes. 5. Caption: “BOB CAN’T WORK OUT WHERE TO GO”. Bob has a sad face. His thought bubble says “Am I more of a stripe, or a triangle?” 6. Caption: “THEY DON’T TALK TO EACH OTHER. IN FACT THEY COMPETE”. A solid yellow triangle with a cross face is next to a pink striped circle with a cross face. The solid yellow triangle says “I’m more oppressed”. The pink striped circle says “No! I am! I deserve more!” 7. Caption: “BOB WISHES TRIANGLES AND STRIPES COULD WORK TOGETHER”. An arrow points to a red striped circle with an open mouth, and a solid blue triangle with an open mouth. The red striped circle says “Oppression of one affects us all”. The solid blue triangle says “No liberation without equal representation”. 8. Text, in red: “INTERSECTIONALITY IS THE BELIEF THAT OPPRESSIONS ARE INTERLINKED AND CANNOT BE SOLVED ALONE”. 9. Text, in black: “OPPRESSIONS ARE NOT ISOLATED! INTERSECTIONALITY NOW”.] Description source: Another angry woman

Source: Miriam Dobson

 

Want to know more?

Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality: “I wanted to come up with an everyday metaphor that anyone could use”

Interview with Kimberle Crenshaw on Intersectionality

TIger Beatdown Blog: My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit by Flavia Dzodan

More on decoloniality coming up. ..