TICKETS ON SALE NOW VIA EVENTBRITE! The 'Breaking the Chains' art exhibition and play highlighting modern slavery closes on Thursday 6 November, and so the last chances to see the exhibition are this Saturday 1 November, Tuesday 4 November and Thursday 6 November 2014, all between 2pm and 5pm. 'Breaking the Chains' helps to raise awareness of modern slavery of the border crossing sort that does not include workfare and the practices of Jobcentre Plus.
I believe that the Atlantic Slave Trade referred to as not comarable with modern slavery was once legal and people who saw the injustice of it took action to raise people's awareness and change the laws of the lands. Even in those days, some slave states were better and worse than others. Then and now comparisons that sidestep taking action in the here and now are a distraction. Action is required in the here and now to abolish modern day slavery in all its forms and slavery covers a broad spectrum rather than being an absolute.
We cannot bring back the dead but in helping to stop modern day slavery we are using what liberty we have constructively.
Free Painters and Sculptors came into existence in the early 1950's as a splinter group from the Institute of Contemporary Arts. It was initially a group of painters who wished to break free of the stereotype that the ICA wished to impose on its members, it attracted other members and became organised as on a charity and corporate basis.
FPS has always maintained high standards with strict selection procedures for its exhibitions at a variety of fine venues including the Mall Galleries, the Barbican, Bankside Gallery and many others.
In the 1970's FPS gained support from The Society for Protection of Animals Abroad which leased part of its premises to FPS for admin and exhibition purposes.
Applications for membership, subject to selection , are welcome. we are looking for new members who are practising artists, or people who are interested in art who would like to help support FPS through admin, organising and publicising exhibitions etc.
We provide exhibition opportunities annually for members at various venues, mostly around London, we also provide a website where members work can be shown and sold, a blog and a regular newsletter which both publish articles from members.