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.

Art, The Brain + Behaviour

7-9pm, Tuesday 11 July 2017
Location: Rowan Gate Primary School


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David A. Walton and Susan Kruse

David Walton is a Senior Counselling Psychologist who has been working in the National Health Service for over 16 years. He graduated with a Single Honours Degree in Psychology in 2000 and worked in North East London, in Essex for eight years where he obtained his professional qualifications in Counselling Psychology through London Metropolitan University.
David has worked across various different clinical fields including chronic Mental Health Conditions, Older Adults, and Developmental Conditions such as Autism Spectrum Conditions and ADHD. David has been working in a very busy NHS service for the last five years that specialises in the assessment and treatment of developmental conditions (namely ADHD, Asperger’s and Tourette’s Syndrome). He diagnoses approximately 100 clients per year as well as offering follow-up treatment, supervision, training, therapy and general support for these populations and related professionals.

Susan Kruse was diagnosed autistic in 2011. Her art practice includes sculpture, video and drawing and is intrinsically connected to her divergent neurology. She is currently a recipient of the Cultivate mentoring programme from DASH Arts, a disability-led visual arts organisation and works part-time as Gallery Supervisor at BOM (Birmingham Open Media) and is helping to develop their space and programme to support autistic artists and visitors.
Susan Kruse graduated with a first class honours degree from York St Johns in Fine Art in 2005 and since then has gone on to make and exhibit work both in the UK and abroad; including Deviant Art Festival (DAFT) in Trollhatten, Sweden, the Swansea Fringe, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Japan, Shape Arts Pop-up, London, and various artists’ book festivals.
In 2013 Kruse was the founder and curator of The Library of Lost Books, a project in which discarded or unwanted books were salvaged and distributed to forty-eight artists. These books were modified or re-made as art objects and exhibited at Library of Birmingham and around the UK. The collection is now housed at the University of Wolverhampton.


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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.


Past events are accessible through our online archive.

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