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 + Memory

7-9pm, Tuesday 14 November 2017
Location: Danesholme Community Centre


An open discussion about the psychological effects of aging and the role of the arts in enriching life for older people, led by a dementia expert and an artist duo. Please register your attendance here:

Stand + Stare work with technologists, academics, archivists and even cheesemakers. Always seeking to challenge convention and to tell a good story, they create automated experiences, often based on archive material, and immersive performances. Their work is characterized by a sense of warmth and nostalgia with particular attention given to the design.

This discussion marks the beginning of Living Legacy, a project in which Stand + Stare will produce an interactive artwork for older people in Corby. This work will respond to the needs of the community by engaging and inspiring elderly individuals, some of whom live in social isolation as well as have physical disabilities. Fermynwoods has partnered with the Royal Voluntary Service to deliver this innovative and socially-engaged project. RVS provides practical and emotional support for older people across the UK.

Royal Voluntary Service

Made possible with support from Arts Council England, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Made In Corby



  1. Live StreamDiscussions are also broadcast online live here.

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Click here to view previous sessions.


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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