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22 October - 13 November
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Art Exhibition – ‘Lament for the Welfare State’

What’s on offer?

Lament for the welfare state’ art exhibition

Sarah Holyfield

What’s it about?

This art installation asks some deceptively simple practical, political and moral questions about the kind of society in which we live and how we can best look after each other.

The art exhibition is in three parts:

Part one –   Universal credit – applicants are required to navigate an extensive online process when making a claim

Part two – The Midas cabinet - Myths have been part of human culture for millennia warning of the seductive power of wealth in the form of gold

Part three – A visualisation of income and wealth in the form of rice grains

'The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible'. Bell Hooks (2012)

Who’s leading the event?

Sarah Holyfield

Open to


Of particular interest to

Those interested in inequality, social justice, economy, protest and art.

Scheduling information

Sarah Holyfield will be in Pontio to discuss her work on Monday 7th November from 1-3pm and on Thursday November 10th from 10.30-12.30 pm