Trapese have recently been working on a book chapter, coming out soon. Apart from that we have been busy with other things/projects and so apologies if you have tried to contact us and not heard back.

Currently, members of the Trapese collective are working on lots of different projects and whilst popular education for social change and justice remains an important aspect of the work we do, as a group we are no longer as active as we would like to be. To that end please feel free to contact us, we would very much like to hear from other projects and consider what is and is not within our capacities at the moment. We can be reached on trapese (at) riseup (dot) net, bear in mind we are not checking account very often.



Education is a potent tool for transmitting ideological and cultural practices and as such has long been a politically contested topic. As Apple writes: “Education is both a ‘cause’ and an ‘effect’...The school is not a passive mirror, but an active force, one that also serves to give legitimacy to economic and social forms and ideologies so intimately connected with it,” (1993: 3). Perhaps precisely because of this potency, there are countless people and projects across the world who are engaged in a different type of education; teaching and learning which enable people not only understand but to get involved in changing the conditions of our lives. Interchangeably known as radical, liberatory, or the 'practice of freedom' (Freire) this is a collective process of education that can help to build vibrant, active communities and is often entwined with challenging injustice and working towards social change[...]
Read the whole text here


freedom of movement A member of the Trapese collective attended as part of an International Climate Justice Network at the World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 19-22 April.

Now they are co-producing the booklet:

Reflections from Bolivia on climate justice, social movements and the state
Out July 2010
For more information click here


Become an urban orienteer, pull out the threads of Bristol's past, present and possible futures. From calamity to climate justice?

Dates, times and location:

Bristol, venue tbc.
10.00-6.00 Saturday 25th
10.00-4.00 Sunday 26th September 2010.

Project summary:

Orienteer = to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, unleashing calamity and exploitation on the indigenous populations of the Americas.

On October 12, 2010, there is a call out for a global day of action for climate justice. But what does this mean here in our cities? Considering that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, we will begin by exploring some of the rich history and scratching the surface of the shiny present of the city of Bristol. By bike or by foot small groups will follow their maps and at each site will experience a creative intervention that pulls out some threads of the normally invisible legacies of empire, migration and resource extraction. Returning to base with something from each control point we will share food before mapping out what we have found. Day 2 will weave these experiences together and consider how our journey can help us to imagine possible ways forward.

Application procedure:
There are up to 20 places available. Applications are invited from artists, performers, actors, musicians, theatre-makers, and those working in community, collaborative and creative practices, artists working in educational settings. The only prerequisite is a commitment to collective working for the duration of the project. The workshop will require a few hours of walking and or cycling. Lunch and drinks will be provided on both days.

To apply please email expressing why you are interested in the project, any relevant experiences and ideas for future projects/work. Please feel free to ask any questions.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16 July, all applicants will be notified of the outcome by 21 July 2010. Following this, participants will be provided with further details about meeting points and locations.

The artist: I am committed to creating spaces that work on the edges between education, art and organising for social change. I am a freelance facilitator and writer and a founder member of Trapese Popular Education Collective, ( I have more than five years experience running creative workshops exploring issues around social and environmental justice with teachers, performers and artists including working with Platform, (C Words) Banner Theatre, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, and Moving Sounds. I am currently working around the intersections of climate change, migration and understanding the calls for climate justice.

PLATFORM: the DIY project is supported by PLATFORM which works across disciplines for social and ecological justice. It combines the transformatory power of art with the tangible goals of campaigning, the rigour of in-depth research with the vision to promote alternative futures.

All other call outs for DIY7: 2010, here.

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