Art Licks Commission:
reach out {and the path diverges}

Writer Elinor Lower

About the issue: 

Art Licks Issue 27 marks the second stage in a new project for Art Licks magazine, for which we are producing three issues (26 – 28) from different cities across the country: Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham. This trilogy of Art Licks magazine aims to explore varying practices and artist communities across the country: their entrepreneurial methods of collaboration, structures of support, adventurous programming and tactics for sustainability.

The trilogy began with issue 26 from Newcastle, and now the story continues to its second chapter from Bristol with the title: SCHEDULE: ways of making it work. Through this title, we want to present a range of practices and explore the ways in which creators are keeping it all going. From considering people's routines, juggling jobs, parenting and caring; how do we all manage, when it's hard to plan ahead? We all have different ways of working. How does this manifest itself in our practices?

reach out { and the path diverges }

a meandering choose-your-own-adventure text game exploring institutions, decision-making, work and joy.

“the arts” are in a period of knotty reckoning. we stand astride three simultaneous timelines ; institutional efforts to democratise and rethink broken ways of working; “business as usual” from those who have no skin in any game; and alternative communities/approaches that have never engaged with the norm.

reach out explores the idea that there’s always an opportunity to down tools and hop across. playfully hopeful, drenched in sunshine, furious furious furious joyful.

© elinor lower