The Secret is Out:, Conway Hall Ethical Society

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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.

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 Latinco-operare, the root nounoperameans 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:
22 March – 25 April 2020, Daily 9am-9pm (Library Tue-Thu 10am-5pm)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Preview: Saturday, 21 March 2020, 12-7pm
Free admission with a ticket:
Closing event: Saturday, 25 April 2020, 6-9pm
Free admission with a ticket:
This exhibition is part of the Festival of Alternative Art Education 2020

Organised with generous support from Conway Hall and Artquest.