Rebel Arts Goes to the Rudi Dutschke Symposium

Rebel Artists Henry Shepherd, Jane Hellings and Jill Eastland exhibited and staged an intervention at the Rudi Dutschke Symposium at Lucy Cavendish College on Friday 19th May and Saturday 20th May.  For those who don’t recognise the name Rudi Dutschke was a German activist and part of the student uprising in 1968.  He was also a refugee living in Cambridge and was shot by a far right extremist who he subsequently tried to befriend, but then he later died of his injuries.

Henry has been documenting protests and activists for many years. These include anti-racist, anti-capitalist, animal rights and peace movement actions. For this exhibition he transformed photographs of activists and protestors into placards, to celebrate, inspire and examine radical activities.

Jane exhibited her wonderful flying women protestors with moveable parts.

Jill embroidered tabards and other workers uniforms with words such as, “Cloak of invisibility” and “We are many.” These were then used for an interactive performance exploring our increasing reliance on immigrant labour and the growth of precarious workers: the invisible servants in our contemporary capitalist society. The work also supported the organisation and resistance of these workers through a variety of new unions and organisations such as the precarious workers brigade and United Voices of the World.  Only four people spoke to her during the performance as she cleaned the artworks.

The “This is All We Can Afford in Cambridge” tent also managed to crash the event and was photographed on the immaculate gardens complaining about inequality and the cost of housing.

Burston Strike School 2016

Again this year we took Rebel Arts stall to the trade union Unite event commemorating the Burston Strike School in Norfolk ; this years stall theme was Placart – DIY placards. We were also promoting the new trade union for visual artists called Artists Union England which has just acheived Certification. If you are a practicing artist interested in becoming a member of a Cambridge/Eastern region Branch please email Jill Eastland – info about AUE can be found here ;

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Housing is a human right and so is having somewhere to sit down



The bench on Leftfield at the corner of Mill Road and East Road was unusable,




so we fixed it



Housing is a human right

and made a blanket for the convenience of anyone using it.

Vulnerable people deserve kindness and support and have a right to adequate housing, food, safety and healthcare.

Undercover Cop

Cambridge Constabulary have been caught out recruiting infiltrators, to spy on students, peace activists and anti-racists, so we made a hat for them. Try it out and find out who is embarrassed to wear it.







The Free Shop at Burston

The free shop travelled to Burston today and confounded some of the more traditional trade unionists with it’s anti-consumerist message.

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Refugees and Migrants Welcome at Cambridge Guildhall

Refugees and Migrants welcome at Cambridge Guildhall

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Refugees Welcome in Cambridge

Cambridge welcomes refugees, written loud in chalk.

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Anti-Fracking Discs

Get your anti-fracking discs to put in your old car tax disc holders:

Kale not shale

Rebel Arts Radio Tonight – 6/4/15

No guests this week but plenty of good music in a chilled out Bank holiday stylee with news of the next Free Shop event plus other arts & political events over the coming week & month.

9-10pm on

Free Shop Today

Don’t forget anti-capitalista FREE SHOP today at Cb1 till 4pM. Upcycling with the Rebel Artists on site 2-4pm for donations to Strawberry Fair