The EXTRACT project is a two stage collaboration between the Threepenny Festival Association, Virtual Migrants, Rainbow Collective, Voices That Shake!, the London Mining Network and War On Want. The first stage took place on the 5th and 6th of October 2017, with a two day workshop that used popular education techniques to pilot new ways of linking activists, artists and NGOs with limited resources.

Facilitated by Jacqueline Contré, Aidan Jolly, Mogs Russell, and Tim Hollins, a group of twenty people met and shared experiences and knowledge on a number of topics, including the Spiral Model of popular education, and theories of social change. From this the group went on to design an artistic intervention for use in the London Mining Network/War on Want campaign against ‘extractivism’ (see below).

The workshop group was drawn from a diverse group of people with a range of experience and representing organisations including Collective Encounters, War On Want, The Racial Justice Network, Voices That Shake! Art Not Oil, Trade Unionists, disability rights and anti-fracking activists. There was a spread of ages within the group from 20 to 60+. For links to these groups click here.

The second stage was an artist led intervention in the protest outside the BHP-Billiton Annual General Meeting in London on October 19th. A map representing villages displaced by the Cerrejón open cast mine was created and rolled out in front of the entrance to the conference hall, leaving shareholders with the choice of confronting or dodging their complicity. The film (above) was made alongside this process, documenting the struggle of the WaYúu people, and calling for action.

We are grateful for funding from the Lipman-Miliband Trust for stage 1, and LUSH (via the London Mining Network) for stage 2.