21st Jan 2016
Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London E1
Art, Politics and Magic: The Kibbo Kift Kindred is a day-long symposium at Whitechapel Gallery, London, exploring the contexts and legacies of the utopian interwar movement, the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift. Convened by Dr Annebella Pollen of the University of Brighton, it brings together authors, academics, Kibbo Kift descendants and members of related groups.
The event is programmed to coincide with the exhibition Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred, co-curated by Annebella Pollen and Nayia Yiakoumaki, which can be seen at Whitechapel Gallery until 13 March 2016.
What was Kibbo Kift? Introduction by Annebella Pollen, author of The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians
Part 1: Kibbo Kift contexts
Art: Tanya Harrod, design historian and author of The Crafts in the Twentieth Century, examines the meaning of hand-making between the wars
Politics: Andrew Flinn, Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History at University College London, explores 1920s and 1930s youth movements
Magic: Philip Carr-Gomm, author and head of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, discusses contemporaneous English spiritual experiments and traditions
Part 2: Kibbo Kift legacies
After Kibbo Kift: Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow at Museum of London, explains the shift to economic reform in The Green Shirts and the Social Credit Party
A Kibbo Kift life: Hazel Powell, daughter of Kibbo Kift members Little Beaver and Ripple, reflects on being born into a campaigning and camping community
From Kibbo Kift to Woodcraft Folk: Paul Bemrose, Woodcraft Folk group leader of more than 25 years, examines connections between the groups
Inspired by Kibbo Kift: Author Matthew de Abaitua links his Kibbo Kift archival research for The Art of Camping to his new science fiction novel, If Then
Round table discussion between participants, plus Q&A