Who We Are
Culture Matters is for everyone interested in the arts, in culture generally and in politics. We are a collective of writers and activists who have come together to develop a 'broad left' cultural struggle for a better society.
What We Think
Culture matters. Enjoying artistic and cultural activities can help develop us and liberate us. They please the senses, stimulate the mind, arouse our emotions, and inspire us. We have a right to freely access the co-created culture that is our common property. In our class-divided society, our cultural commons is under threat in many ways, and we need to learn how to defend it and enhance it, for the common good.
Let's learn how to resist and oppose enclosure of our cultural commons, and instead expand it.
Culture matters. The arts and culture are linked to politics in many ways. A capitalist market economy creates enormous potential and possibilities for creation, criticism and communication. But at the same time, private ownership of the means of production and the capitalist drive for profit constrain the free creation and consumption of the cultural commons that is so necessary for human development.
Let's work out how to change capitalist culture, through creativity and criticism.
Culture matters. The arts and culture can resist, oppose and overcome constraint, alienation and oppression. They can promote awareness, arouse indignation, and envision alternatives. Blake's 'mental fight' against the appalling social and political consequences of early capitalism is the same as our cultural struggle now, linked to our economic and political struggle against late capitalism.
Let's continue Blake's 'mental fight' to build a more democratic, equal, and socialist society, a 'new Jerusalem', in the green and pleasant land not only of England, but of the world.
What We Want
Submissions are very welcome, from anyone who has something to say about art and culture which contributes to these aims. We are unable to pay for material, unfortunately.
We welcome creative material such as poems, and commentary and critical material such as reviews, articles, essays, and interviews. Please write as clearly, concisely and accessibly as possible, avoiding footnotes. Have a look at what's already up on the site, and try and shape your material to fit with our broad aims.
Our published material is nearly all original work. Feel free to link to or copy our articles, but you must email us for permission first. All reprinted work must attribute the author, publication and date.
Our current team of editors is as follows: Jim Aitken, Dennis Broe, Mollie Brown, Jane Burn, Jenny Farrell, Sally Flint, Martin Gollan, Gemma Jane Howell, Michael Jarvie, Fran Lock, Alan Morrison, Mike Quille (Chief Editor) and Peter Raynard.
Culture Matters Co-Operative Ltd has been running now for nearly 5 years. We continue to manage this website; run Bread and Roses Arts Awards; publish books and pamphlets; and help the labour movement through workshops and campaigns on culture issues.
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