Exhibition

The Secret is Out:

Opening: 25 Jul 2020, 12:00 - 19:00

25 Jul 2020 – 5 Sep 2020

Regular hours

Monday
09:00 – 21:00
Tuesday
09:00 – 21:00
Wednesday
09:00 – 21:00
Thursday
09:00 – 21:00
Friday
09:00 – 21:00
Saturday
09:00 – 21:00
Sunday
09:00 – 21:00

Conway Hall

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • 98, 19, 38, 55, 243
  • Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square

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An exhibition by current and former members of alternative art schools, peer-support groups and collectives on cooperation, collaboration, collective action, self-organisation, alternative economies, the commons, social change, solidarity and mutual aid.

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The Secret is Out: ...it is unrestrained CO-OPERATION, on the part of ALL the members, for EVERY purpose of social life

Thus was the co-operative movement proclaimed in 1821 by its founder Robert Owen in the first issue of The Economist. In the next ten years it spread throughout the land and after various setbacks eventually took root and evolved into the modern cooperative movement, based on the same principles originally set out in 1844 by the  Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers.

The word comes from the Latin co-operare, the root noun opera means work, aid, interest and support. Cooperation is the action or process of working together to the same end; to endeavour for a common purpose. George Holyoake, a follower of Robert Owen who chronicled and popularised the movement, acknowledges that although there is evidence of this common endeavour throughout human history, “of two or more persons uniting to attain an end which each was unable to effect singly”, he also points out that “the benefit, however, always accruing to the stronger”.

Opening Times:
25 July – 5 September 2020, Daily 9am-9pm
(Library Tue-Thu 10am-5pm)

Preview: Saturday, 25 July 2020, 12-7pm
Closing event: Saturday, 5 September 2020, 6-9pm

Organised with generous support from Conway Hall and Artquest

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