[NetBehaviour] UK Border Walk.

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Fri Aug 5 12:05:58 CEST 2011

UK Border Walk.

06 - 07 Aug 2011

Kirk Yetholm English/Scottish Borders

UK Border Walk is a 77k walk along the English/Scottish border by Artist 
Rocca Gutteridge and Curator Claudia Zeiske. A public Artachat 
discussion will take place in the Romany town of Kirk Yetholm halfway 
along the way.

Both walk and talk aim to highlight and discuss the effects the Points 
Based System (PBS) has for arts and cultural activities across our 
communities in the UK.

UK Border Talk: Sat 6th August, 6pm Wauchope Hall, Yetholm. An open 
debate on the consequences of the Home Office's Points-Based-System to 
UK cultural life. Hospitality by Sophie’s Sunshine Catering

UK Border Walk - 5k for 5tier policy: Sunday 7 August, start 9 am. Or 
join Claudia and Rocca for all of the walk; contact 
claudia at deveron-arts.com for more details.

Confirmed guests include:

visual artists Zineb Sedira and Samson Kambalu,

photographer Baudouin Mouanda

novelist Kamila Shamsie

artist/cultural commentator Nicholas Trench

Venu Dhupa, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland.

What is PBS? In autumn 2008 the UK introduced a new points-based system 
(PBS) for managing migration to the UK. The regulations have led to a 
restriction of non-European artists’ ability to come to the UK, at the 
invitation of arts curators, promoters and artists. UK hosts are now 
required to be licensed sponsors if they wish to invite visiting 
artists. This has regulated the relationship between international 
artists and UK hosts from one of convivial artistic exchange, 
collaboration and cultural production to a contract which is excessively 
bureaucratic and treats international guest artists with suspicion and 
control. PBS has led to the cancellation of artists’ residencies, 
exhibitions, productions and performances across the UK. Many artists 
are refused visas, others are deported from UK airports because they 
were not sponsored.

For a full dossier of testimonials, petition to UK Government and media 
coverage visit the Manifesto Club’s website: 

For more information on transport and booking the hostel contact: 
info at deveron-arts.com

UK Border Walk is a partnership between: Deveron Arts, Artachat, 
Artsadmin and the Manifesto Club In collaboration with GASWORKS, Thami 
Mynyele Foundation and Edinburgh Arts Festival


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