FESTQ Fringe: Why Collaborate?w/ Caustic Coastal, Collective Artivation, East Street Arts, (It's All) Tropical & The Royal Standard

FESTQ Fringe: Why Collaborate?w/ Caustic Coastal, Collective Artivation, East Street Arts, (It's All) Tropical & The Royal Standard


‘Why Collaborate?’ 

Saturday 20th February, 2.30pm
The Lecture Theatre, The Storey
Download 'Festival of Questions' Programme here

Directors and organisers of artist-run spaces and artists collectives from across the country join Lancaster Arts to discuss the question of collaboration.

Panel Members include:

Caustic Coastal is an art label based in Salford and Stockholm supporting emerging practitioners to develop new bodies of collaborative work, whilst also hosting a monthly talks series, a sporadic digital commissions programme, an irregular critical writing output and anything else we fancy doing.

Dean Brierley graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2014 founding Caustic Coastal in June 2014.


Collective Artivation is a collective of artists founded in 2014 at Lancaster University. The aim of the collective is to allow those involved to exhibit more than once in their three years at university. There are six core executive members who seek out exciting new opportunities for all collective members. Artists are able to dip in and out of what shows they wish to exhibit in. The flexible approach allows students who are a part of the collective to focus on their studies as well as taking part in external exhibitions.

Their show ‘Are Artists’ Political Views Valuable?’ is on-going from the 5th-22nd February at the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University. This includes a performance afternoon on February 18th.


EAST STREET ARTS: Lydia Catterall
Lydia Catterall is Research and Development Coordinator at East Street Arts; a contemporary arts organisation based in Leeds, UK. The organisation aims to support artists internationally to create work and experiences that bring lasting change to our everyday lives through its membership scheme, events programme, professional development and studios. East Street Arts was founded by Karen Watson and Jon Wakeman at East Street Mills (Leeds) in 1993, taking reference and inspiration from the history and current developments within the artist-led movement.


(IT’S ALL) TROPICAL: Rachel Cunningham Clark
(it’s all) Tropical are an art collective established in Sheffield in 2014, currently made up of artists Lindsey Mendick, Josef Shanley Jackson, Alfie Strong, Claudia Dance-Wells and curator Rachel Cunningham Clark. They work together to provide exciting and challenging opportunities to young creatives across the UK through open calls, exhibitions and events.

Their most recent show Blind Date opened at the Royal Standard, Liverpool, on February 19th.


The Royal Standard (TRS) is an artist-led gallery, studio complex and social workspace in Liverpool. It acts as a social hub for its studio membership of over 40 artists and is currently run by 6 Directors. Through a dynamic and challenging gallery programme that brings together local, national and international artists, TRS aims to showcase the most exciting, innovative exhibitions and events whilst working with the most outstanding artists in the area. TRS prides itself on working with recent graduates and emerging artists, as well as more established practitioners and other artist-led initiatives. The Royal Standard is dedicated to promoting exchange, dialogue and experimentation, providing a supportive and critically engaged environment to work in.

Emma Curd is an artist, researcher and director at The Royal Standard. Her role at The Royal Standard requires collaboration with her colleagues and other directors, artists and institutions in order to programme and curate exhibitions that take place within the gallery.