Kris Canavan, <i>Labour isn’t Working</i>, 2015. Photo Ben Ponton. Courtesy the artist
25.03.2016

KRIS CANAVAN: LABOUR ISN'T WORKING

Sat 26 March, 2pm start (approx 24-hours continuous aktion)
Curlew Road, Jarrow


Standing Shoulder to Shoulder, in solidarity, in defiance against the slaughter of their town by the combines of shipping and steel, 200 strode to London. The Prime Minister refused to see them. The Labour Party Conference heckled the Jarrow MP Ellen Wilkinson and offered no further support for the people of Jarrow.

In an exploration into futility, the proletariat pounds the pavement in a pathetic and onerous process, reflecting on the period that led to the procession known as the Crusade and the ever-present contemporary echoes.

Compelled by the condemnation of entire commonalities onto the slag heap, by the capitalist system that favours blind consumption over compassion, Labour isn’t Working challenges not only the commitment we have in the process of labour and its fruits, but in the crushing of communities also.

Marking the end of AV Festival 2016 this new commission by artist Kris Canavan takes place over approximately 24-hours on a pedestrian footpath alongside derelict industrial land in Jarrow. Exploring futility and labour 200 concrete blocks are carried by the artist and individually crushed reflecting on the 1936 Jarrow Crusade and the current political situation. 

Kris Canavan has been making body based artworks and aktions since 2001. He is an amino associate artist who sees the use of his body as political ownership, a rejection of the status quo and subservience that is expected of us, by the state.

Access + Travel Information

Access to Curlew Road is from Priory Road. Free public parking is available in Tyne Street Carpark which is just off Curlew Road, approximately 7 mins walk from the footpath. Priory Road is the main road on the "Crusader" bus route No.27 from Newcastle to Jarrow. In Newcastle City Centre the bus departs from Market Street (bus stop next to Co-op). The closest bus stop is "Priory Road - Pearson Place", see route maps and timetables here.

If you are planning on staying for a long duration, please come prepared with warm waterproof clothes. This is an outdoor event and there is no provision on site for seating, catering or storage of bags. A portaloo will be on site for audience use.

FREE admission, no booking required. You can stay for the whole 24-hours or come and go.

It is anticipated the duration of this aktion will be 24 hours, so estimated end time is 2pm Sunday 27 March. However due to the nature of the work this may change.

Please follow this map link, which pin points the location of Curlew Road.