‘Making It Happen: New Community Architecture’, RIBA, London
Exhibition featuring Rabbits Road Institute Library, a project by The Alternative School of Economics
30 January – 27 April

‘The Rural: Commons’, Manchester School of Art
Event organised in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery
15 November, 6-8pm

‘Speaking to the City’, Phytology, London
The Alternative School of Economics residency and evolving billboard commission
1 September – 14 December 2018, launch with campfire and lunch, 1 September, 1pm

‘House of Wisdom’, Bonington Vitrines, Nottingham
Exhibition curated by the Istanbul-based Collective Çukurcuma, exploring the political power of books and libraries
28 September – 27 October 2018

‘Fig Futures: Ruth Beale’, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
Solo show in the Rotunda Gallery
15-19 May 2018

‘The Britishness Project’, Firstsite, Colchester
New collaborative artworks by The Alternative School of Economics
17 March – 17 June 2018

‘School for Commoners’, Museum of London
Commissioned for the Festival of Radical Fun, part of Fun Palaces weekend
7 October, 11am-4pm

‘Who Owns it? Can I Hold it?’, Performance 4 Evenings, Caberet Voltaire, Zurich
Performance evening with Søren Berner
19 September 2017, 8pm

‘Work in Common’,  Primary, Nottingham
Summer residency, September 2017
Public event: Movement Workshop with Mark Boylan, 8 September 2017, 6.30pm

‘Test Sites Poole Workshop’, for Arts Catalyst at Lighthouse, Poole
Workshop as The Alternative School of Economics, bringing together local activists, academics and creative practitioners to consider the economies of Poole Harbour
8 July 2017, 11.30am-5.30pm

This is Public Space’, Up Projects
Web commission
20 March – 19 May 2017

‘Quids In’, Friday Late,  Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Alternative School of Economics presents new works, activities and screening of The Fiction of Money
31 March 2017

‘Good Society Sunday Lunch’, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
Lunch and discussion for under 30s, commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust and Edge Hill University
12 March 2017

Subjectivity and the Archive’, Northern Charter, Newcastle
Workshop for students and public, organised by George Vasey, Curatorial Fellow at Newcastle University
16 February 2017, 3-4pm

‘Monday Guest Lecture’, Central Saint Martins, Fine Art
13 February 2017

Many Ways Are Possible: The Economics of Utopia’, Somerset House, London
With Aditya Chakrabortty & Ann Pettifor. Part of the Utopia talk series
21 January 2017

Lantern Lecture: Shami Chakrabarti’, Rabbits Road Institute, London
Hosted by The Alternative School of Economics
12 January 2017

The Syllabus Workshop’, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
With Jeremy Akerman
9 December 2016

Peckham Platform Retrospective’, Peckham Platform, London
Exhibition of the past 20 projects before the gallery moves to a new space
25 November 2016 – 5 March 2017

Tensegrity’, Tenderpixel, London
Symposium organised by Monica Ursina Jäger and Damian Christinger
18-19 November 2016

Take One / Take Two / Take Three’, Lux, London
Special screening of 9 new performance-broadcasts and 12 artists’ films
13 November 2016, 12-4pm

Art/Agency/Ecology: Sites and Citations’, ONCA, Brighton
Group exhibition curated by Hemera Collective, part of Brighton Photo Fringe
19-30 October 2016

Library Launch’, Rabbits Road Institute, London
An afternoon event celebrating a new artwork by The Alternative School of Economics: a permanent collection of books nominated by collaborators, friends and participants.
22 October 2016, 12.30-6pm

‘De regreso a la isla’ (‘A Return to the Island’), Casal Solleric, Palma de Majorca
Group show curated by Helena Lugo
14 July – 18 September 2016

‘Conversations That Matter’, Rabbits Road Institute, London
Launch of publication made with Amy Feneck about Conversation Club
14 July 2016, 3-5.30pm

‘A City without Artists’, Spike Island, Bristol
Presentation about Rabbits Road Institute, as part of afternoon discussion event
18 June 2016, 3-5pm

‘The Rich as a Minority Group’, Rabbits Road Institute, London
Exhibition and event series, with Amy Feneck / The Alternative School of Economics
23 April – 7 May 2016

‘Take 1, Take 2, Take 3, Eastside Projects, Birmingham and
Broadcast event series, with Eddie Peake, Ruth Beale, Phil Coy, Nicole Bachmann, Marie Toseland & Sophie Mallett, and works from the Lux collection
Final broadcast: 6 May 2016, 7-8.30pm

‘Precarity Centre’, Grand Union, Birmingham
An Alternative School of Economics workshop around precarity, for They Are Here’s Precarity Centre exhibition
28 February 2016, 2-4.30pm

TEXT2SPEECH’, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Reading group with the ICA Student Forum
25 February 2016, 6-8pm

‘A Future Library’, Open School East, London
An evening of talks hosted by OOMK and Book Works
21 January 2016, 6.30pm

‘Artists in residence’, LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London
Residency with Nicole Bachmann as Performance as Publishing
January 2016 – March 2016

‘Community Launch’, Rabbits Road Institute, London
Building opening celebration and programme launch, see for ongoing programme information
31 October 2015, 12-5pm

‘Future Library Festival’, Flitwick Library
‘What’s the future of our libraries?’ discussion event, as part of three day artist-led festival organised by Rosalie Schweiker, Ania Bas and David Littler
18 October 2015, 2-4pm

‘Rhythm of Thought’, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Programme of new artists’ performances, taking Gertrude Stein’s reading of her poem If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso
12-13 September 2015, 3-4.30pm

‘Mat Jenner: Days’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
Newly commissioned sound work for Jenner’s FOAM archive
25 July – 5 September 2015

‘Revisiting First Things First: Design in an era of soft power’, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
Afternoon symposium co-hosted with Laura Guy
24 July 2015

‘Autodidact Library’, Akerman Daly website
Virtual bookshelf
Launched June 2015

‘Build Your Own’, published by Crafts Council, FACT and Norfolk Museums
Cultural Pursuits featured in the Build Your Own catalogue
Published June 2015

‘Fig-2’, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Solo show
12-17 May 2015

‘Rabbits Road Institute’, with Create and Newham Libraries, London
Major new project with Amy Feneck and The Alternative School of Economics in Manor Park, London
April 2015 – November 2016

‘Raymond Williams Now’, Friends Meeting House, Manchester
Conference organised by the Radical Studies Network
30 May 2015

‘Micro Residency’, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
With Nicole Bachmann; artists’ talk 26 March
1 March – 20 April 2015

‘The People’s Forest’ with Up Projects & Epping District Council
Pub quiz, walk, make & draw and market stall
5-26 February 2015

‘A Labour of Love’, Basic Mountain, Edinburgh
With Amy Feneck; Symposium devised by Jenny Richards in association with Collective and GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland
21 February 2015

‘Performance as Publishing: Under Milk Wood’, Three Letter Words, London
Open reading of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices
22 November 2014, 2-4pm

‘The Alternative School of Economics: The Fiction of Money’, Hayward Gallery, London
Workshop and field trip to an investment bank trading floor; presentation/discussion with Nigel Dodd. Part of the exhibition Mirrorcity
13 & 16 November 2014

‘PrintRoom’s Pick from the NY Art Book Fair’, PrintRoom, Rotterdam
14 November 2014, 8-10pm

‘Love Dinner’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
Artist’s dinner with Giles Round for the show ‘The Influence of Furniture on Love’
11 October 2014

‘Performance as Publishing presents: ‪I take an empty space and call it a bare stage’, NY Art Book Fair, MoMA Ps1, New York
Performances by Nicole Bachmann, Ruth Beale, Rita Sobrol Campos and Jeanine Oleson
25 September 2014, 6.30–8.30pm

‘The Influence of Furniture on Love’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
Permanent works created for a group show in Wysing Grange Farmhouse, curated by Giles Round and Lotte Juul Petersen
14 September – 2 November 2014

‘Performance as Publishing presents: The flow between the thing and the word’, Modern Art Oxford
Performances by Nicole Bachmann, Giles Bailey, Ruth Beale and Beth Collar
23 August 2014, 3–5pm

‘Miss B’s Grammar Salon’, Peckham Pelican, London
Part of the Literary Kitchen Festival
7pm, 19 June 2014

‘Bikes, Caves, Raves’, Trade, Nottingham
Solo show
10 May – 19 July 2014

‘FFWD the Revolution’, Lewisham Arthouse, London
One-night event with book launch and performance tour
16 April 2014, 6-9pm

New website for All the Libraries in London
20 March 2014, Launch at Peckham Platform, London

‘Livre Imaginé – Dans Cinquante Ans d’Ici‏’, Les Territoires, Montreal
Group exhibition curated by The Office for Curating
12 March – 19 April 2014

‘Self-education salon’, Peckham Platform, London
8 March 2014, 2-4pm

Performance as Publishing at Rowing reviewed in Frieze
Issue 160

‘Bookbed’, Peckham Platform, London
Solo show
31 January – 24 March 2014, Q&A with Morgan Quaintance 12 February

‘Composing Through Words’, Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam
One-night theatre and art performance event exploring language and text, including Performing Keywords
23 November 2013

New commission by Ella Finer on Performance as Publishing website

Creative Writing Workshops, Peckham Library, London
Free workshops for 11-16 year olds in partnership with Peckham Space
12 November – 3 December 2013, every Tuesday 4-6pm

‘Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox’ Grand Union, Birmingham
Exhibition and performance – solo project
9-30 November 2013, live performance 28 November 7.30pm

‘From script to reading to exhibition to performance to print’, Rowing, London
Performance as Publishing exhibition and performance programme
5 September – 6 October 2013

‘Archive This’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Symposium relating to the exhibition ‘Dear Linda..’
21 September 2013, 2-6pm

‘Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer’, People’s History Museum, Manchester
One-day conference organised by Loughborough University’s RadicalAesthetics/RadicalArt (RaRa)
14 June 2013

‘Cooperatives Salon’, Lewisham Arthouse, London
Discussion event on the theme of cooperatives, with invited guests
16 March 2013, 2-6pm, followed by social and film screening of ‘Together’

‘Words to be Spoken Aloud’, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Performance as Publishing festival and exhibition, including premiere of new work ‘Performing Keywords’
8-10 March 2013

‘Publish and be Damned’, ICA, London
Self-publishing fair, with a stand showing artists involved in Performance as Publishing
2 March 2013

New website for Performance as Publishing
Collaborative project with Nicole Bachmann

‘Testing Ground: Disappearing into One’, 176 Gallery, London
Free workshop – Thinking About Raymond Williams’ Keywords: A Workshop On The Vocabulary of Culture and Society
19 January 2013, 2-3.30pm

‘On the desperate and long neglected need for small events’, LGP, Coventry
Group exhibition, live performance Thursday 1 November 6.30pm
2 November – 9 December 2012

‘Now I gotta reason’, Jerwood Space, London
Group exhibition curated by Marcus Coates and Grizedale Arts; Money Money Money reading group and Skill Swap Bazaar, in collaboration with Amy Feneck
7 November – 9 December 2012

Arthouse Graduate Studio Award 03, Lewisham Arthouse, London
1 year studio bursary
October 2012 – October 2013

‘Writtle Calling / 2EmmaToc’, Writtle, Essex
Radio broadcast, collaboration with Sarah Jury
11-18 September 2012

‘Five Minutes on the Air’, Cafe Curio, Camden Arts Centre, London
Reading as part of the ‘Orwell Project. Available on This is Tomorrow
22 August 2012

‘One-to-One’, Cove Park, Argyll & Bute
Artist residency with Amy Feneck
23-30 July 2012

‘Cultural Pursuits’, Gerald Moore Gallery, London
A weekend event curated for ‘Summer School’
14-15 July 2012

People on Sunday’, Ibid Projects, London
Contribution to project by Olivier Castel, Katie Guggenheim, Justin Jaeckle
28 June – 12 August 2012

‘Not in the Corners’, Maria Stenfors, London
Group show curated by Matt Carter and Rosalie Doubal
22 June – 28 July 2012

‘Event Show: The Way Things Go / A Way of Doing Things’, Crate, Margate
Collaborative project with Karen di Franco, No Fixed Abode, Neal White Curated by Toby Huddlestone
3 July 2012, 3-6pm

Working Class Movement Library, Salford
Residency / resarch project with
April-September 2012

‘Reading Complex’, Government Art Collection, London
Group exhibition of new and collection works, with Elena Damiani, Christophe Gérard, Frank Holl, Richard Wentworth. Curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk and Catherine Y. Serrano
19-31 March 2012

‘The Starry Rubric Set’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
Group show curated by Gareth Bell-Jones
5 February – 18 March 2012

‘The Language of the Flowers and the Stars’, Cubitt Gallery, London
Group show curated by Andy Holden, within his exhibition ‘The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Unthingly Time’
17 February – 16 March 2012

‘Performance as Publishing’, Basel Kunsthalle
Performance event curated by Manuela Schlumpf for Basel Museums Night
13-14 January 2012

‘Oh, Zero, One’, Cell Project Space, London
Joint show with Una Knox
18 November – 18 December 2011

‘The Institute of Beyond’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
Artist residency in the Department of Overlooked Histories
19 September – 4 November 2011, public presentation 12-27 November 2011

‘Jobbers to the Stars’, CGP, London
Group show curated by Claire Shallcross
16 November – 12 December 2011

‘Pamphlet Library’, Charlottenborg Books, Copenhagen
A selection of political pamphlets
9 November – 7 December 2011, extended to 15 January 2012

‘The Aldgate Project lectures’, London Metropolitan University
Series curated by Ruth Beale for Publica
25 November – 15 December 2011

‘The Conch’, South London Gallery
Peer discussion, by invitation of The Pigeon Wing, with commissioned text by Rebecca Bligh
19 October 2001, 7-9pm

‘The Sofa of Intellectualism’, Lucky PDF’s Frieze Project, London
Live internet TV interviews on a giant book-bed with Laure Prouvost and David Bachelor
14 October 2011, 4-5pm

‘Searching for Nick Drake’, Basement Project Space, Cork
Group show curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick
22-28 September 2011

‘Performance as Publishing’ South London Gallery
One-night performance festival initiated with Nicole Bachmann
6 July 2011, 7-10pm

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