What Happens to Us

We are delighted to invite proposals through an open call for projects related to democracy, community and a properly political horizon…


Communities don’t just happen, they’re made. 

What Happens to Us will examine democracy as a system of community formation. This exhibitionary programme unfolds at Wimbledon Space in Autumn 2016, in the long shadow of UK’s EU referendum of 27 June, with the suspension of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff and the upcoming US election on 8 November. The threat of Trump leading the so-called free world has compelled many of us to wonder if we should ‘just say no’ to democracy in its current form. What if the philosopher and diplomat Joseph de Maistre was right: People really do get the governments they deserve. What does this mean to us in the UK? This is something that What Happens to Us aims to address as a meeting place for a democratically charged community. Together we’ll grapple with the reality that a properly political horizon may be little more than a mirage in our age of post-ideological politics. More importantly, we’ll try and figure out what to do if in fact this is so. 

As part of What Happens to Us, curators Marsha Bradfield and Amy McDonnell are seeking proposals that will contribute to the exhibition in various forms.  These include two-hour events (workshops, seminars, debates, meals, reading groups, talks, games, mini-exhibitions, performances, walks, research initiatives, screenings and other formats); artworks for exhibition; a three-day artist’s residency resulting in an output that responds to the exhibition.


Five successful applicants will each receive £100 (all inclusive) to realise a contribution as part of What Happens to Us at Wimbledon Space, sometime during the exhibition’s run, 15 Nov – 9 Dec 2016.

Deadline for submission 5:00pm on 2 November 2016. Download the application, along with further information about the exhibition, here.


Confirmed contributors include Alison Green, Barbara Steveni, Binita Walia, Carla Cruz, Cinzia Cremona, Gabriele Grigorjevaite, Jennet Thomas, Karem Ibrahim, Naomi Garriock, Neil Cummings and Pippa Koszerek – others TBC.


+ Cinzia Cremona and Elliott Burns as the exhibition’s shadow curators