UPCOMING EVENTS

ETERNALLY YOURS
15.06.2022
London

This summer, Repair Acts will be exhibiting at Somerset House, London as part of Eternally Yours, a free exhibition exploring ideas around care, repair and healing. Opening 16th June, the exhibition runs till 25th September 2022.

European Association of Social Anthropologists Association
26.07.2022
Belfast

Supporting panel discussions on repair at the European Association of Social Anthropologists Association in Belfast, this from 26-29th July.

Repair Acts, Ireland
31.07.2022
Mullingar

Repair Acts, Ireland will be hosting a number of music orientated repair workshops as part of the traditional music festival the Fleadh Cheoil, which will be held in the midlands town of Mullingar from 31st July-7th August, 2022.

Past events

  • 16.06 Eternally Yours
    Somerset House
    Exhibition
    London

    2022

    Repair Acts will be taking part in Somerset House, London exhibition Eternally Yours (16th June-25th Sept 2022), a free exhibition exploring ideas around care, repair and healing. Showcasing diverse examples of creative reuse, from historical samples of the Japanese art of Kintsugi and Boro, which embrace upcycling and repurposing, to works from contemporary artists who put repair at the heart of their practice, Eternally Yours explores the unexpectedly hopeful and healing stories that repair reveals. In light of the recent global pandemic, the exhibition seeks to unpack how ‘repair’ can guide both our individual and collective healing. For the exhibition, selected photographs taken by Teresa Dillon, Sahil Gochhayat and Carlos Oliveria of Brazil, India, the UK and Ireland of of repair professionals alongside photos reflecting on the labour conditions of some repair practices, will be exhibited.

  • 13.06 Repair Acts Ireland
    Storytelling and Declaration Workshop
    Streamstown

    2022

    Gathering stories, histories, ‘how-to’ tips and motivations for repairing things, we will be hosting a mending and fixing workshop with the ICA, Mullingar, Streamstown guild from 20.30-21.30.

  • 11.06 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Family Storytelling Workshops
    Mullingar

    2022

    As part of the Repair Acts, Ireland summer programme and the Westmeath-Cruinniú na nÓg (Ireland’s free day of activities for under 18yr olds), we will be hosting two “Family Storytelling Workshops” in Mullingar Library. Workshop one will run from 10.30-11.30; workshop two will run 12.00-13.30.

  • 01.06 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Storytelling and Declaration Workshop
    Horseleap

    2022

    Gathering stories, histories and ‘how-to’ tips and motivations for repairing things, we will be turning into and to Horseleap, Streamstown guild of the ICA, running a workshop with them from 20.30-21.30.

  • 25.05 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Storytelling Workshop with Órla Mc Govern
    Kilbeggan

    2022

    We are delighted to be working with storyteller Órla Mc Govern, who we will be collaborating with us on a workshop at St James Hall Kilbeggan. Leading us through a number story share exercises, we will be exploring individual and collective stories around the repair of objects and associated memories.

  • 19.05 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Family Storytelling Workshop
    Castlepollard

    2022

    Family, intergenerational storytelling workshop at Castlepollard Library on Thursday May 19th from 3-4pm. We welcome all grandparents, parents and children to share their stories of a much loved object that you have repaired. For the workshop, please bring a picture or an object of a repaired or broken piece of clothing, jewellery box and heirloom.

  • 19.05 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Storytelling Workshop
    Castlepollard

    2022

    As part of Westmeath County Council Biodiversity Week we will be running for 18yrs+ ‘Storytelling & Declaration” workshop at Castlepollard Library on Thursday May 19th from 6.30-8pm.

  • 17.05 Repair Acts Ireland
    Family Storytelling Workshop
    Athlone

    2022

    Join us for a family, intergenerational storytelling workshop at Athlone Library on Tuesday May 17th from 3-4pm. We welcome all grandparents, parents and children to share their stories of a much loved object that you have repaired. For the workshop, please bring a picture or an object of a repaired or broken piece of clothing, jewellery box and heirloom. During the workshop we will be asking you to tell us the story behind the object. How did it get broken, how was it fixed and why? We also want to hear your tips for keep something good, or the trouble you went to get something fixed.

  • 07.05 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Discovery Workshops
    Online

    2022

    Repair Acts, Ireland Discovery Sessions are online evenings, where people can share your stories of repairing, fixing and mending things and find out about our project intentions and approach. Facilitators: Teresa Dillon & Alma Clavin

  • 07.05 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Storytelling & Declaration Workshop
    Hill of Uisneach

    2022

    We will be running our first face-to-face storytelling workshop at The Bealtaine Fire Celebration, which takes place on the Hill of Uisneach. Add your voice to how we can make Ireland more repair-minded and bring along a picture of a repaired object and we will upload it to our website, with each story contributing to building the “People’s Archive of Everyday Repair”.

  • 07.04 WIRED OCEAN: MATERIALITY AND GEOPOLITICS OF THE CLOUD
    Panel Conversation
    Berlin

    2022

    As part of C/O Berlin presents Songs of the Sky an exhibition on photography and the cloud. The panel WIRED OCEAN: MATERIALITY AND GEOPOLITICS OF THE CLOUD, invites Teresa Dillon and artists Evan Roth and Mario Santamaría to discuss their works in relation to the topic of the internets environmental footprint. Songs from the Sky, runs from December 11, 2021, to April 21, 2022, at C/O Berlin.

  • 23.03 TALES OF CARE & REPAIR
    Hand Stitching Workshop
    Bristol

    2022

    Have the moths eaten your jumpers? Have the kids ripped their jeans? Is there a stain on your t-shirt? Do your socks have holes? Share your skills & learn new ones. Together we will repair the holes, make patches, make your repairs beautiful. All hand sewing. All materials provided – just bring your clothes to repair! Facilitator Dawn Giles.

  • 25.02 TALES OF CARE & REPAIR
    Publication Launch
    Bristol

    2022

    TALES OF CARE & REPAIR is a crowd-sourced collection of photographs, interviews, events and stories about the objects we repair everyday.
    From Feb 2021-Feb 2022 over 700 stories of everyday repaired were gathered through a comprehensive programme of activities that included a number of workshops, online conversations, symposium events and exhibitions. The TALES OF CARE & REPAIR publication launch celebrates the work carried out to date and pays thanks to those who made the project possible.The event is free but numbers are limited. Please register via Eventbrite.

  • 19.02 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Discovery Workshops
    Online

    2022

    Repair Acts, Ireland Discovery Sessions are online evenings, where people can share your stories of repairing, fixing and mending things and find out about our project intentions and approach. Facilitators: Teresa Dillon & Alma Clavin

  • 09.02 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Discovery Workshops
    Online

    2022

    Repair Acts, Ireland Discovery Sessions are online evenings, where people can share your stories of repairing, fixing and mending things and find out about our project intentions and approach. Facilitators: Teresa Dillon & Alma Clavin

  • 02.02 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Discovery Workshop
    Online

    2022

    Repair Acts, Ireland Discovery Sessions are online evenings, where people can share your stories of repairing, fixing and mending things and find out about our project intentions and approach. Facilitators: Teresa Dillon & Alma Clavin

  • 13.01 Tales of Care and Repair
    LOOK CLIMATE LAB 2022
    Open Eye Gallery
    Liverpool

    2022

    TALES OF CARE & REPAIR will be taking part in Open Eye Gallery’s Look Climate Lab (13th Jan-20th March, 2022).Look Climate Lab asks the question, what are the images that we think of when we think of climate change, and what is our social responsibility when it comes to reshaping this visual narrative?

  • 09.11 Tales of Care & Repair
    Closing Symposium
    Day 2
    Online

    2021

    On the 8th and 9th of November, we celebrate the wrap up of the TALES OF CARE & REPAIR project. Sharing with you our learnings, views, stories, declarations and journey over the last 10 months (Feb-Nov 2021). Reaching out to our collaborators, colleagues, project partners and inspiring repair practitioners, scholars, designers, makers and menders from across the global, we invite you to join the conversation, which will run online during the second week of COP 26, that is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, which will be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. Full agenda available with recordings here.

  • 08.11 Tales of Care & Repair
    Closing Symposium
    Day 1
    Online

    2021

    On the 8th and 9th of November, we celebrate the wrap up of the TALES OF CARE & REPAIR project. Sharing with you our learnings, views, stories, declarations and journey over the last 10 months (Feb-Nov 2021). Reaching out to our collaborators, colleagues, project partners and inspiring repair practitioners, scholars, designers, makers and menders from across the global, we invite you to join the conversation, which will run online during the second week of COP 26, that is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, which will be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. Full agenda available here with recordings here.

  • 01.11 Tales of Care & Repair
    Repairing is Caring
    Community Workshop
    The Pickle Factory
    Bristol

    2021

    What does repair mean to you? If it’s broken do you throw it away or fix it? Do you fix things for a living? Come and share your stories of repair, from professional to DIY and failed attempts. What does it mean to foster a repair-centred neighbourhood? What would we need? What would it mean in terms of building small local economies?Does it mean accessibility to trusted repair professionals? Or easy access to spare parts or community workshops, where you can make the bits and bobs that you need?. Facilitator Dawn Giles.

  • 01.11 Tales of Care & Repair
    A Thing of Beauty
    Exhibition
    London

    2021

    City of London and British Council have selected TALES OF CARE AND REPAIR and other Creative Commissions awardees to be part of the City of London Corporation’s Outdoor Arts Programme A Thing of Beauty. Commemorating the bicentenary of the death of the poet John Keats and celebrating beauty, which was a recurring motif in his work. The season will focus on beauty, love and truth, exploring these concepts through the lens of art, nature and relationships and addressing themes of diversity, the environment and sustainability. This street exhibition will take place from 1 November to early December in the following central London locations: Paternoster Square, Aldgate Square and Guildhall Yard.

  • 30.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Repair cafe
    Zero Waste Week
    Belo Horizonte

    2021

    As part of the activities of the Zero Waste Week in Casa Branca village (municipality of Brumadinho), Tales of Care and Repair and Gambiologia in collaboration with Cabra Institute will organize the first repair cafe ever in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The event will be held with the participation of voluntaries who are experts in the fields of electronics, mechanics, sewing and arts. The meeting will be in-person with all precautions related to Covid-19 and the repairs will be published in Tales of Care and Repair gallery. Facilitator Fred Paulino with guests Augusto Dourado, Daniel Ladeira, Fred Mol, Mario Mol, Sara Lana, Thais Mol.

  • 23.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Fixes in the Shanty Town
    Belo Horizonte

    2021

    Repairing things is a positive practice in several ways: it helps us save money, keep the objects we like for longer, it is a gesture of creativity and, finally, it helps to preserve the environment, generating less garbage and less waste. This workshop will discuss repair practices, how they can be applied in our day-to-day and that of our community and, finally, we will do a gamified experience of collecting samples of repairs in the neighbourhood. Facilitator Fred Paulino.

  • 18.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Designing Repair-Centred Futures
    Stories and Declaration Part B
    Student Workshop UWE
    Bristol

    2021

    Working with undergraduate graphic design students at the University of the West of England. The second part of this two-day workshop will focus collating the material generated during Part A. Students will work towards generating posters that summarise the stories they inputted into the “Tales of Care and Repair” website, as well as closing on the look and feel of the “Repair Declarations”, which be showcased as part of the “Tales of Care and Repair” symposium on the 8th and 9th Nov.

  • 17.10 Soft Agency
    Copenhagen Architecture Festival
    Landscapes of Care
    Copenhagen

    2021

    In the making of Copenhagen Architecture Festival’s 2021 edition Landscapes of Care, asked Soft Agency to curate a collection for their online Journal that would help expand our understanding of the notion of ‘care’ in relation to architecture and urban space. The work carried out by Soft Agency members—whether it be an publication on experiences of care throughout the global pandemic, or a collaborative research project on repairing urban and earth systems—speaks to this conceptualization of care and extends it from both a thematic and methodological perspective. Soft Agency (Ana Filipovic, Fiona Shipwright, Gilly Karjevsky, Rosario Talevi, Valentina Karga and Teresa Dillon) is a Berlin-based group of female architects, artists, curators, scholars and writers from different countries working with spatial practices.

  • 16.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    What Does It Mean to Care and Repair? Public Seminar
    International Repair Day

    2021

    Join us on International Repair Day for the conversation with geographer and co-ordinator of Repair Acts, Ireland Dr Alma Clavin and artist and researcher Monai de Paula Antunes on “What Does It Mean to Care and Repair?”. Drawing on the work of Amartya Sen ‘Commodities and Capabilities’, Irish geographer and coordinator of Repair Acts, Ireland Dr Alma Clavin shares some of the theories that inform her research on sustainability and their relation to practices of repair. ‘Tales of Care and Repair’ project partner, Ravi Agarwal, provides an overview on his artistic work on climate change, care, attention and the livelihood of various communities. Brazilian artist and researcher Monai de Paula Antunes relates the Brazilian notion of gambiarra – a slang term used to describe a temporary solution to an unexpected event or crisis as an example of her thinking on ‘Wild Design’ and how it provides an alternative view to Western ideals of designing for control and maintenance. Gambiarra is also a key inspiration for our ‘Tales of Care and Repair’ partners Gambiologia, Brazil.

  • 15.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Repair Stories and Declaration
    Community Workshop
    Knowle West Media Centre
    Bristol

    2021

    How do the everyday efforts to repair objects affect our relationship with them? Sharing stories of such effort and effect, we join forces with Knowle West Media Centre, who for over twenty-five years have been supporting people to make positive changes in their lives and communities, using technology and the arts to come up with creative solutions to problems and explore new ways of doing things. We draw on the expertise and network of the centre to bring together a number of community members and leaders to share their stories and knowledges of repair, and gather their views on what would constitute a repair-centred declaration for Bristol and Knowle West. Facilitators Teresa Dillon and Dawn Giles.

  • 14.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Towards a Repair Culture
    Workshop
    Brazil/Online

    2021

    The climate emergency requires us to rethink consumption, as well as the relationship between human beings and nature, also considering social spaces. To extend life on the planet, it is essential that societies increasingly encourage practices of reuse of materials and the regeneration of the environment. This workshop will discuss how fixing things can encourage more rational economic processes and stimulate creative and sustainable ways of acting in the world. Facilitators Fred Paulino and Felipe Fonseca.

  • 11.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Designing Repair-Centred Futures
    Stories and Declaration Part A
    Student Workshop
    UWE
    Bristol

    2021

    The second part of a two-day workshop with UWE students focusing on sharing stories of repaired objects. Students will bring to the session three photographs – one of professionally repaired objects, the second a self/DIY repair and the third a failed repair. As part of the students ‘Professional Practice’ module they will be encouraged to create ‘Repair Declarations’ based on the conversations gathered at the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Green Mingle and Seams for Repair workshop at UWE, the students will combine the outcomes of both workshops with their own views to create a series of declarations, which will be showcased as part of the “Tales of Care and Repair” symposium on the 8th and 9th Nov.

  • 07.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    How can we foster repair cultures in Bristol? Green Mingle
    Bristol Green Capital Partnership

    2021

    How can a city become more repair-orientated? What does this mean? Is it possible to foster new ways of thinking about how we repair the objects that we consume and use every day on a city level? Can we co-construct a city wide repair-mind set and what form would “Repair and Care Declaration” for Bristol take? Working with our partners Bristol Green Capital Partnership, we join their monthly Green Mingle event on the Thur 7th October to host a conversation and workshop on this topic. For further details and reg, go here.

  • 06.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Building Repair-Centred Neighbourhoods
    INSPIRE Talk
    Knowle West Media Centre
    Bristol

    2021

    What does it mean to create land build repair-centred neighbourhoods? Does it mean accessibility to trusted repair professionals? Or easy access to spare parts or community fabrication labs, where you can make the bits and bobs that you need? Does it mean knowing what to do or getting advise on how to keep and maintain much loved goods and objects? Ahead of our workshop with our community partners at Knowle West Media Centre on the 15th Oct, we’ll be live streaming an INSPIRE talk with Teresa Dillon, programme led on TALES OF CARE AND REPAIR and Repair Acts at the University of the West of England. INSPIRE Talks invite people into the world of inspirational makers to find out more about their journeys, motivations and processes.

  • 04.10 Tales of Care & Repair
    Stitch It Don’t Ditch It: Stories and Declaration
    Student Workshop
    UWE
    Bristol

    2021

    Working with undergraduate Fashion and Textile students at the School of Art and Design at the University of the West of England, the first part of this workshop will focus on the pleasures and necessity of care and repair. Exploring what repair means the first part of “Stitch It Don’t Ditch It” will focus on collecting stories and images of things we have repaired. The second part of the workshop will look to using mending technique such as patching to construct and sew our own statements about repair thinking particularly about repair within the fashion industry. Facilitators Teresa Dillon and Dawn Giles.

  • 27.09 Tales of Care & Repair
    Workshop
    New Delhi

    2021

    The second part of a two-part workshop, Care to Repair? is open to students across India. The workshop focuses on reconsidering, fading cultures of repair in New Delhi and India by raising awareness and discussing with students, what values lie behind the act of repairing. Emphasises will be placed on understanding the importance of the care and repair of everyday objects, as well as different perspectives of repair and what it means. The workshop also looks to exploring how a “Right to Repair” campaign could be established in India. Facilitators Kanika Ahuja and Satish Sinha (Moderator).

  • 27.09 MINERAL COMPRESSION
    Berlin

    2021

    MINERAL COMPRESSION, Pop-pop-kultur, Berlin, 27th Sept, Berlin

  • 25.09 Tales of Care & Repair
    The Meta Repair Warehouse
    Brazil/Online

    2021

    LAB Procomum is a laboratory of citizen innovation in the center of Santos-Brazil, located in the neighbourhood of the city’s repair shops and flea markets. The Galpão Ateliê (“Workshop Warehouse”) – one of the spaces in the cultural center – was occupied by the Traquitanas e Invenções (“Conceptions and Inventions”) group, which brings together artists with over fifteen years of research into the possibilities of reusing materials for interventions, in order to draw attention to the problem of waste, and to motivate and inspire new imaginations. The workshop will approach a repair story to tell other repair stories. A warehouse that was abandoned and is in permanent use-repair: of its own structure and furniture, and also of its productions. Facilitators Fred Paulino (Gambiologia) and Felipe Fonseca (Reuse City).

  • 21.09 Tales of Care & Repair
    Repair and Reparation
    Seminar
    Brazil/Online

    2021

    The seminar aims to expand the understanding of repair practices in Brazil and their implications in art, environment, economy and society, articulating such practices in light of the environmental emergency and the need to re-found the way humanity relates to objects and materials. The guests’ distinct experiences present an overview of repairs and reparations in the country from the perspective of diversity, in order to reimagine the idea of “repair” in a collective way, aiming at socioeconomic and environmental regeneration. Guest speakers consultant and politician Izabella Teixeira, Prof Ricardo Abramovay, digital maker Pedro Belasco, land activist, Nêgo Bispo, artist Cinthia Mendonça and Fred Paulino (moderator).

  • 08.09 Calling Into The Now
    Conversation
    Berlin

    2021

    Third part of the work Calling Into the Now, took the form of a conversation on post-human legalities that was hosted by Climate Care with Teresa Dillon, Caroline Frank (legal scholar) and Jakob Walter (researcher).

  • 23.08 Tales of Care and Repair
    The Art and Ecology of Care & Repair
    Seminar
    New Delhi

    2021

    As part of Tales of Care & Repair, Toxics Link (moderator Ravi Agarwal) host a discussion on past and present cultures of repair in India and their relationship to climate change. The seminar brings together circle economy policy experts, artists, environmental scientists and scholars together to explore the role that arts plays in such repair-centred narratives, including Dr. Rachna Arora, Prof and artist Sharmila Samant, Prof Sudhir Chella Rajan and artist Gigi Scaria.

  • 09.08 Tales of Care & Repair
    Repair Economy Workshop
    Belo Horizonte

    2021

    The climate emergency requires us to rethink consumption, as well as the relationship between human beings and nature and social spaces. To extend life on the planet, it is essential that societies increasingly encourage practices of reuse of materials and the regeneration of the environment. This workshop will discuss how fixing things can encourage more rational economic processes and stimulate creative and sustainable ways of acting in the world. Carried out as part of Tales of Care & Repair, facilitators Fred Paulino and Wellington Cançado.

  • 09.08 Tales of Care & Repair
    Inventory Workshop
    Belo Horizonte

    2021

    One of the criteria for storing or discarding objects is their proper functioning (or not). Fixing things – whether by hiring a professional or by hand – can be a cost-effective and creative way to extend the life of objects we like. This workshop will discuss how the practice of repairs can be valued and applied in our daily lives. As part of Tales of Care & Repair, facilitators Fred Paulino and Wellington Cançado.

  • 14.07 Architecture After Architecture
    Conversation with MOULD
    Online

    2021

    What happens to architecture after the climate emergency undoes its foundational assumptions of growth, extraction, and progress? The current moment demands a thorough reconsideration of our collective ways of being in the world. This talk will introduce a series of premises that inform the ongoing research project Architecture after Architecture, led by Jeremy Till and Tatjana Schneider. Speaking on behalf of our newly formed collective MOULD, we will introduce three disruptions/complications/extensions to the term ‘agency’ that guide our thinking in this project. Host by Teresa Dillon with MOULD member (Anthony Powis, Becca Voelcker, Jeremy Till) as part of the DCRC Seminar Series, 14th July, 17.00 (online).

  • 05.07 Talk & Workshop
    No School
    Nevers

    2021

    Continuing contribution to the yearly No School programme. Supporting students projects, speaking about repair, care and maintenance cultures and hosting workshop on guided visualisation mediations and technology.

  • 28.06 Call Into the Now
    Guided Visualisation Mediation Workshop
    Berlin

    2021

    Call Into the Now, Guided Visual Mediation, Workshop at Floating University, 28th June, 10-13.00, Berlin as part of Climate Care. This workshop focused on visualising the life cycle of the reeds that surround the Floating University site. Interpretations of which were used to form the bases for the ritual that was conducted as part of the opening programme.

  • 22.06 Prototyping AI ethics futures: Data
    AI and environment
    Online

    2021

    Online moderated conversation for JUST AI, as part of the Ada Lovelace Institute programme on 22 June, 13-14.30. Without big data, we can’t describe ‘a climate’. As individuals, we are nevertheless entreated to minimise data consumption in order to consume less energy. Yet on a global scale data-based technologies ‘instrument’ our relationships with other living things, and with the collective basis of our environment – from smart city to ‘smart forest’, from smart meter to data centre. We discuss the paradoxes of this ‘instrumenting of climate’ and some potential responses. Across the arts, humanities and social sciences, our panelists, Jaya Chakrabarti (Vana Project) and Jennifer Gabrys (Cambridge; Smart Forest project) describe the paradoxical relationships of data and AI technologies to climate and the environment, led by Teresa Dillon (University of the West of England). Erinma Ochu and Caroline Ward, part of collective Squirrel Nation, will act as respondents.

  • 09.05 Repair Acts
    Ireland
    Storytelling & Declaration Workshop
    Mullingar

    2021

    Connecting to the vibrant network that is the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) we will be hosting a number of ‘Storytelling and Declaration’ workshops with the Westmeath Federation over May and June 2022. Gathering stories, histories, ‘how-to’ tips and motivations for repairing things, we will be capturing this communities rich history of mending and fixing. This workshop will be taking place with the Ballina guild.

  • 19.04 Stream If You Want to Die Faster
    Podcast

    2021

    Stream If You Want to Die Faster is a podcast for Container Magazine that discusses the true costs of streaming that explores the environmental impact of data streaming who who should be responsible for it. Is it ‘big tech’ or the individual at fault? What options do we have for positive data future that doesn’t cost the planet (possibly by deleting the internet). Hosted by Teresa Dillon, with expert guests Mél Hogan, Sharlene Gandhi, Corinne Stuart and Jenny Brennan. Podcast sound design, Eliza Lomas.

  • 26.03 Data
    Climate Change and Environmental Justice
    Online

    2021

    What is the relationship between, data climate change, ecocide and environmental justice? Discussing this complex and thorny issue, we invite colleagues from across the global, to share their thoughts and practices. Conversation hosted by Teresa Dillon as part of Data, Climate Change and Environmental Justice, SWCTN Data Showcase, Panel Conversation with Hannah Meszaros-Martin, Maria Isabel Espinoza and Jaya Chakrabarti.

  • 12.02 Tales of Care & Repair
    Care to Repair
    Sashiko Workshop
    Open Eye Gallery
    Liverpool

    2021

    In this hands-on workshop you will learn simple techniques to repair your clothes. This workshop is for all levels of skill and experience, no sewing experience is necessary. Come and share your skills and learn new ones. Bring an item of clothing that you would like to repair – a jumper with a hole, a ripped pair of jeans. Materials will be provided but do bring scissors, fabric scraps and embroidery threads if you have them. The workshop will focus on three different kinds of visible mending techniques, inspired by visible mending practices from across the world such as Japanese Sashiko. Woven or darning, patched on top and patching from underneath the hole. Facilitator Dawn Giles.

  • 31.01 Empires and Ecologies of the Cloud
    Berlin

    2021

    How can platform capitalism’s extractivist model of networks be confronted and decolonized? Scholar of environmental media Mél Hogan and critical internet theorist Ulises A. Mejias analyze the ecological and social costs of big data infrastructure and connectivity. Challenging the colonial and ecosystemic logic that enables resource and data extractivism, they propose shifts toward post-nodal forms of existence in conversation with Teresa Dillon, Sarah Friend and Solveig Suess.Moderated by Daphne Dragona as part of Empires and Ecologies of the Cloud, transmediale, Berlin, 31 Jan, 15.30-17.30.

  • 06.12 Liquid Loss
    Conversation & Workshop

    2020

    Liquid Loss, Conversation & Workshop Online as part of Remembrance Day For Lost Species, 6 Dec

  • 24.01 Repair Economies: Creating restorative futures

    2020

    Buy less, choose well, make it last’. Vivienne Westwood (2014)

    Westwood’s call to action echoes a growing trend within art and design practices to move away from “constant consumption”. Viewing this move within the broader context of degrowth and diverse economies this talk explores notions of repair, care and maintenance as sites of artistic practice and action. Asking how can we ‘stay with the trouble’ and create new forms of living and livelihoods that nourish, heal and build restorative futures? Join Professor of City Futures and Director of Repair Acts, Teresa Dillon for an overview of her work on repair, care and maintenance cultures programme leader for Repair Acts and research into the history of repair economies in Bristol as well as artistic practices that look towards the disconnect and the discarded, what is in ruin and broken as means to reimagine what we define as growth. The talk will be followed by a free workshop on “Mending – the practice of radical thrift” by artist, maker and producer Dawn Giles from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. You can reserve a place on the workshop here.

  • 02.10 In Your Aerial
    Bristol

    2019

    Established in the early 2000s, Bristol Wireless is a community network with an unqiue history and exciting new future. Developed so as to provide free Internet services to schools and community centers across central Bristol. As commercial Internet provision became the norm, the network became a site for community events (radio shows, musical interventions, live streaming experiments). Considering the inheritance and maintenance of the network, ‘In Your Aerial‘ was developed means through which to look at the legacy and upkeep of the network. Supporting this thinking, Repair Acts worked with UWE’s undergraduate Graphic Design team – Jennifer Conway, Colum Leith, Jessica Young, Gabriel Solomons and Marco Ugolini – a specially tailored, 10-week project was development, in which members of Bristol City Council (Legible City, Local History and Library teams) and Bristol Wireless contributed their expertise. The work produced by the students illustrates how public structures, research, artistic practice and learning, can combine to support enriching, curriculum experiences. This event launches and celebrates the work carried out.

  • 12.09 Infrastructure as Commons
    Neglected Histories of Community Networks in Bristol

    2019

    Keynote panel presentation at “Commoning the Creative CityCreativity, Cities, Knowledge, Watershed, Bristol, 12th Sept 2019 on the care, repair and maintenance of community Internet networks with a focus on Wireless Bristol.

  • 02.08 The Force Majeure: Selected readings on climate change
    Berlin

    2019

    Selected readings on climate change, performed at Climate, Care, Floating University, Berlin.

  • 01.07 No School
    Nevers

    2019

    Inaugural year for NØ SCHOOL NEVERS 2022 (1-14th July) – unique international summer school, held in Nevers, in Burgundy, aimed at students, artists, designers, makers, hackers, activists and educators who wish to further their skills and engage in critical research around the social and environmental impacts of information and communication technologies. Repair Acts joined the school to share our practices and work to date, as well as supporting students by collaborating and advising on developing work.

  • 14.06 Formats of Care
    Conversation and Workshop
    Berlin

    2019

    FORMATS OF CARE was a two­ part conference of feminist practitioners that took place in Vienna and Berlin in May and June 2019. What makes a format a format of care? The conference relates to the associated curatorial project, developed by Rosario Talevi, Gilly Karjevsky and Elke Krasny and their work around feminist care ethics and contemporary practices of care in art, architecture, urbanism, curating, and pedagogy.

  • 15.05 My Square Mile
    Galway

    2019

    My Square Mile is a pilot study into the history
 of repair and maintenance businesses in a square mile around Bedminster, Bristol. The project maps changes in businesses that deal with repair and maintenance from 1938 to 2018. Panel co-convenor on “Repair” and paper presentation at 7th EUGEO Congress, Galway, on ‘Re-imagining Europe’s Future Society and Landscapes’, 15-19th May.

  • 14.05 Dancing with the Dog: Interspecies cadence and urban life
    Cardiff

    2019

    Invited lecture at the Environmental Justice Research Unit, Cardiff Uni, 14th May. This paper looks to how contemporary artists such Terike Haapoja, Maja Smrekar, Laurie Anderson and others are listening, caring, attending and attuning to the nuanced understandings of our interspecies relationships. With a focus on urban contexts and settings, links will be made to how such works and narratives play a vital role in the everyday understanding of human nature as an interspecies relationship.

  • 07.05 Repair Acts: Care
    Reuse and Maintenance Cultures
    Berlin

    2019

    Following on from our conversation at re:publica, Accra, Teresa Dillon and Amanortey Kisseih continue the conversation at re:publica, Berlin (7-8th May, 2019) on how artists are producing ‘urgent eco-critical stories’ that reimagine repair and its associated cultures.

  • 14.02 RADMIN – A Festival of Administration
    Bristol

    2019

    Performing MC role at the gala dinner of RADMIN Britain’s first Festival of Administration three event including receptions, discussions, dinners, provocations and office parties.

  • 07.02 International Network Meeting & Conversation
    Bristol

    2019

    One-day symposium at CREATE, Centre for Sustainability Bristol. The event brings together national and international artists, scholars, policy makers, designers, engineers, architects and social entrepreneurs to discuss a series an interrelated questions relating to topics of repair, care and maintenance. Speakers: Teresa Dillon, Caitlin DeSilvey, Jane Stephenson, Michelle Scoplin, Linda Brothwell, David Paton, Staffan Appelgren, Kim Trogel, Theo Reeves-Evison, Francisco Martínez, Anna Bohlin, Lara Houston, Siddhartha Hande, Jane Stephenson, Alma Clavin, Ravi Agarwal and Janet Gunter.

  • 07.02 Curricula Meeting
    Bristol

    2019

    International meeting on developing repair, care & maintenance curricula with presentations from Ben Gaulon, Rosario Talevi, Alma Clavin and Sarah Chave.

  • 07.02 Repair Acts
    Exhibition
    Bristol

    2019

    The Repair Acts Exhibition emerges from on-going dialogues among network members, as well as early-stage research into the history of repair business in Bristol and prior research on mending practices in the South West of England. The work exhibited focuses on labour practices, the aesthetics of failure, planned obsolescence and the contemporary relevance of tradition, craft and skill. The work collectively reflects on the fragility of the material world and our bounded, physical, entanglements with it. Opening on the 7th Feb this one month exhibition at CREATE – Centre of Sustainability, Bristol exhibits workw by artists Ravi Agarwal, Teresa Dillon, Carmela Pietrangelo, Arthur Buxton, Steve Bond, Caitlin De Silvey, Robert Leadbeater, Nick Hand and Ben Gaulon.

  • 06.02 What Remains Workshop with Marloes de Valk
    Bristol

    2019

    This workshop deals with the things we don’t get to repair and possible responses to this. Amazon destroys unsold items at a massive scale, according to an undercover report from French M6’s Capital. Earlier a similar report came from German Frontal 21 TV show summer 2018. Waste turned out to be financially more efficient than having unsold products in stock. Amazon is far from alone. Burberry, Cartier, Nike, Louis Vuitton, H&M and others, all destroy products in order to maintain exclusivity through scarcity, other brands incinerate because recycling is more expensive. Waste-to-energy, harvesting the energy released through burning perfectly usable products, is an unconvincing justification. Investigate possible critical, poetic and playful responses to these issues with Dutch media artist, Marloes de Valk. The workshop will be structured as a game jam using the open-source software Twine.

  • 06.02 eWaste Workshop with Ben Gaulon
    Bristol

    2019

    Moore’s law dictates that the complexity of computer chips doubles each 18 months. This causes a rapid decrease in the value of existing electronics. Thus, the dark side of technological progress is the production of endless amounts of electronic waste: e-waste. Although the economic value of obsolete electronics approaches zero, the electronic components themselves can still be useful in other contexts. This workshop offers the participants to become familiar with basic hardware and software design while at the same time gaining hands-on experience making a hardware art project. The workshops are open to participants of different backgrounds and no programming or electronic skills are required.

  • 14.12 Repair Acts: Care
    Reuse and Maintenance Cultures
    re:publica
    Accra

    2018

    Teresa Dillon in conversation with artist Amanortey Kisseih at re:publica, Accra on how artists are producing ‘urgent eco-critical stories’ that reimagine repair and its associated cultures. Followed by a Q+A with Amanortey Kisseih, who worked with Accra locals and assisted in the production of the documentary ‘Welcome to Sodom’ (2018), which traces the lives of people working and living on the eWaste site at Agbogbloshie, Accra. The event was held as part of the Arts and Culture stream re:publica, Accra, 2018, 14-15th December, 2018.

  • 26.11 Repair Archive Workshop
    London

    2018

    Hosted by Helena Byrne, Curator of Web Archives and Stella Wisdom, Digital Curator, Contemporary British Collections at the British Library. This workshop provided an introductory overview on how to set up the Repair Archive using the Libraries archive system.

  • 05.11 Repair Curriculum
    Bath

    2018

    Building on our work in Bristol and New Delhi, this student workshop focused on mapping repair activity in Bath City Centre. Drawing on archival work in the Bath Records Office and ethnographic fieldwork, choosing a more in-depth examination of specific repair practices in-situ. This fieldwork culminated in an individual report with the broad title Repair Cultures: Bath. The resultant reports included a number of different interpretations and dimensions of repair in this field context: repair of the built heritage; repair of electronic items; clothing repair; repair of urban space such as guerrilla gardening and community gardening. Conducted at Bath Spa University with Year Group: Yr. 2 (Undergraduate) in the field of Geography, Sociology, Criminology, with tutors Dr. Alma Clavin and Dr. Christoph Woiwode.

  • 19.10 Repair Conversations
    Penryn

    2018

    Coordinated by Professory Caitlin De Silvey, in association with the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute. Guest speakers included Stefano Pascucci, ESI Professor in Sustainability and Circular Economy, on ‘Community, Circularity and Innovative Practice’, and Peter Halswell, Falmouth & Penryn Repair Café Chair, on ‘The First Cornish Repair Café: Origins and Outlooks’. Pop-up mending sessions hosted by the Repair Café team and Francli Craftwear, and an opening of a photography exhibition in the ESI Creative Exchange Studio curated by Steve Bond. This event was hosted by the Environment and Sustainability Institute in partnership with the Repair Acts Network and Falmouth and Penryn Repair Café, as part of International Repair Café Week.

  • 19.10 Visible Mending Exhibition
    Penryn

    2018

    Curated by Steven Bond, the “Visible Mending” exhibition drew on a previous AHRC-funded project led by the University of Exeter. From 2010-12, team of three researchers (two cultural geographers and a photographer) set out to find, visit and document workplaces in the South West where people fix broken things. The project resulted in an on-line portfolio (A Celebration of Repair) and a publication (Visible Mending, Uniformbooks, 2013). With support from the ESI Creative Exchange Programme, Steve Bond curated an exhibition of work from the earlier project, including a newspaper showcasing some of the imagery and providing an update on where the workplaces find themselves now.

  • 18.10 Mapping Repair: Workshop
    Penryn

    2018

    The final part of our 2018 workshop series focused on the craft aspects of our CECE – Critical, Essential, Craft and Economic – axes. Two-day event that opened with a visit to Godolphin House with stone mason and sculptor David Paton providing an overview of the repairs which had taken place on the site. This was followed by Caitlin DeSilvey’s overview of Mullion Harbour’s battle with the sea and a discussion of how its identity as working harbor, and later as a heritage site, influenced the forms of repair and restoration which have taken place. Returning to our working lexicon (practice, theory and application) the group discussed how the linkages between all three in relation to heritage sites. The second day focused on repair, reuse and sustainable fashion with talks from Clare Saunders and Anjia Barbieri on their ‘Designing a Sensibility for Sustainable Clothing‘ project. This was followed by Alison Harper and Sarah Chave providing a tactile guide through various forms of wool processing, as participants held and worked untreated wool with their hands.

  • 20.06 After the Revolution…Who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?*
    Berlin

    2018

    A public conversation about repair cultures and care practices as they relate to architecture and the built environment. With Elke Krasny and Teresa Dillon, moderated by Rosario Talevi. With contemporary urban development agendas primarily driven by fast-paced growth, innovation imperatives and solution-oriented demands, there is a pressing need to ensure that durational dimensions of maintenance, repair and care are given due consideration. Can we recognise such notions in guises other than their traditional normative associations – the welfare state, health industry, gendered connotations? How might we understand modes of care and repair cultures as being to fundamental ways of doing? And how might this support spatial practitioners to redefine the values upon which the production of architecture and the built environment is based today?

    (*)Extract of MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES’ Manifesto FOR MAINTENANCE ART 1969! Proposal for an exhibition “CARE”.

  • 27.03 Mapping Repair: Workshop
    New Delhi

    2018

    Addressing critical, essential and economic forms of repair this workshop was the second in a third part series over 2018 that focused broadly on repair, reuse, waste and maintenance cultures in India, namely New Delhi. Alongside mapping areas of knowledge, practice and application, participants worked together off developing ideas for collaborative projects. Issues discussed centred on inequalities, particularly across different sections of society, informal repair and waste practices, human and non-human repair relations. Workshop Participants: Anita AhujaGigi ScariaShibani GhoshKaveri Gill, Prajeeth Sitherasenan, Ravi Agarwal, Sharmila Samant, Vimlendu Jha, Teresa Dillon, Alma Clavin and Satish Sinha

  • 20.03 Repair Conversations
    New Delhi

    2018

    Delivered in partnership with Urban Hosts.  Kaveri Gill [IN]. Academic and author of ‘Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India’s Urban Informal Economy‘ discusses the socio-economics of the informal waste collection and recycling sector in India. Vimlendu Jha [IN]. Founder of Swechha a youth-run, youth-focused NGO and Green the Gap  a fair trade nonprofit company that deals in eco-fashion discusses how both organisations are linked and support sustainable urban livelihoods. Prajeeth Sitherasenan [IN]. Growth Manager for Kabadiwalla Connect a waste management solutions provider based in Chennai, India illustrates how their company works with hundreds of self-employed rubbish collectors in the city. Sharmila Samant [IN]. New Delhi based artist working with waste materials, activist groups and communities discuss the links between globalization, identity and consumer culture in India.

  • 13.03 Mapping Repair: Workshop
    Bristol

    2018

    Practitioners from a variety of fields come together to discuss and map critical forms of repair. Guest speakers included the artist Linda Brothwell, whose practice draws on the intersections between repair, care and craft within urban settings. To support our collaborative thinking, workshop participants also brought an object with them, which illustrated a repair or story around repair. In terms of our critical inter-thinking our mapping activities focused on sharing theoretical frames, applied and artistic practices. Workshop guests included the photographer, co-founder and Director of Toxic Links, New Delhi Ravi Agarwal and the artist Ben Gaulon. Workshop participants:Ben GaulonCaitlin DeSilveyCarmela Pietrangelo, Chloe MeineckChristoph WoiwodeElena BlancoJess YoungKate RichKathy HindeLara HoustonLinda BrothwellPenny EvansSophie Zajicek, Steve Bond, Teresa Dillon and Zoe Bank Gross. 

  • 13.03 Repair Conversations
    Bristol

    2018

    Delivered in partnership with Urban Hosts; speakers included Ravi Agarwal [IN]: Artist, writer, curator and founding director of Toxics Link the environmental NGO who work on chemical safety, toxics, waste and recycling in India, shares his experiences on waste and repair policy. Benjamin Gaulon [FR]: Artist addressing consumerism and disposable society, summaries the techniques he uses within his art and workshop programmes on e-waste recycling and planned obsolescence. Lara Houston [UK]. Sociologist and ethnographer discuss her work on mobile phone repair in Uganda and shares her views on how repair work becomes infrastructural and translocal.