The Free Exchange

Our popular discussions exploring connections between artistic practice and everyday life continue in our new, updated format. The Free Exchange on Tour takes our existing discussion model into the community, with artist led discussions taking place directly with the groups concerned.


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Instead of being concerned with the movement of goods for profit, The Free Exchange facilitates the exchange of ideas between people, and investment is made through time, energy and thought. Click the below to see a compilation of highlights from 2016’s season of the Free Exchange On Tour.


  1. Free Exchange 2016Free Exchange On Tour
    Compilation 2016
    June-November 2016


The approach is based on the book of the same name, by sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and artist Hans Haake, which documents a dialogue between them concerning cultural politics. Rather than presenting their individual opinions, the discussion reveals rich interdisciplinary insights.The title of the book indicates the authors’ aim to create an “open realm where art and scholarship, free from any symbolic domination, resists the intrusions of market, media and politics during its production, distribution and reception”.

This programme is funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, and Northants Community Foundation.


Past events are accessible through our online archive.

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