Crass Colchester


Do they owe us a living?
Course they do, COURSE THEY DO…

Crass and Firstsite presents many opportunities for wordplay.

We’ll stick with the lyrics, and confess to never thinking that we would see or hear anything Crass related in Colchester.

But the next three months look like being a time to celebrate Crass at Firstsite.

Do they owe us a living?


And so what we have here is Gee Vaucher ‘Introspective’ – the uk premiere of the exhibition of the artist best known for her involvement with Crass.

It’s something of a scoop for Firstsite and looks like being exactly the type of critical thinking that has often been lacking in other exhibitions.

“Gee Vaucher (1945) is an internationally renowned political artist living outside Epping, Essex. She is best known for her radical creativity, montages and iconic artwork for the infamous anarcho-pacifist band Crass.

Employing an eclectic range of styles and techniques, coupled with an essentially DIY aesthetic, she creates powerful images exploring political, cultural and personal issues. She sees her work as a tool for social change.”

The artwork alone would have us personally ticking over those often questionable visitor stats.

But add in the full programme of events, and the next three months looks like being something of a Firstsite love in for The Chronic.

Friday 25 November is something of a tease:

Penny Rimbaud performs with assorted musicians & words.

Don’t go expecting a complete performance of Penis Envy with the original band members.

13 January should also be ‘interesting…’

Penny Rimbaud reads the poetry of Wilfred Owen.

Elsewhere and the full schedule for the three months of the exhibition appears to be well thought out, if not exactly a crowd pleaser.

Sometimes the art or arse argument needs to be discarded.

Friday 11 November 2016, 18:00-20:00: Private viewing of the exhibition, on the eve of the main opening; opening party

Saturday 19 November – Sunday 20 November 2016: The Print Project Workshop (featuring the Letterpress gang from Shipley)

Thursday 24 November 2016: Screening of ‘Angel’, a film by Gee Vaucher; followed by a Q&A session.

Friday 25 November 2016: Penny Rimbaud performs with “assorted musicians & words”.

Saturday 26 November 2016: Artist and Curator tour of the exhibition.

Thursday 1 December 2016: A discussion and debate on Gee Vaucher’s work with: Rebecca Binns, George McKay, Brandon Taylor & Stevphen Shukaitis (plus Gee “maybe stirring the soup”).

Friday 2 December 2016: Eve Libertine and Charles Webber. Eve Libertine has written the lyrics for & is co-director of an exciting new chamber opera Room of Worlds for live voices, electronics and video.

13 January 2017: Penny Rimbaud reads the poetry of Wilfred Owen

14-15 January 2017: Monoprint workshops with Eve & Pandora

28-29 January 2017: Film Workshop for Young Women

Gee Vaucher – ‘Introspective’ opens on 12 November, running through until 19 February.

Oh – and whilst we’re at it, Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life have just been announced for the Arts Centre next April.

“Fuck the politically minded, here’s something I want to say,
About the state of nation, the way it treats us today.”