Current Project - Let's Get Together and Call Ourselves an Institute

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19 October - 07 December 2017

18 January - 22 March 2018

Open Thursdays 1 - 7pm

or by appointment -

Let's Get Together and Call Ourselves an Institute takes the form of a resource space containing archives and installed works that have been active in, and reflect on, processes of instituting.

This space will act as a base for a series of talks, screenings, reading groups and writing commissions that will unfold over six months, accumulating knowledge and material.

Every Thursday between 1 - 7pm Chapter Thirteen will be open and materials made available for public use. Other times are possible by appointment.

Let's Get Together and Call Ourselves an Institute is supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, British Council, Open Editions, Zed Books

Upcoming Events


17 February 2018 - 3:30 - 5pm

Philosophy for the Masses: Cultural Fronts and Public Spheres

Benjamin Noys

Professor of Critical Theory, Chichester University

Free, unticketed, childcare available

Benjamin will present a newly commissioned paper that will address the multiplication of regulation, and resistance to regulation, in the contemporary moment. The paradox of this situation is evident in the proliferation of popular philosophy and artistic practice combined with a vigorous anti-intellectualism and assault on the arts. To unlock these problems he will return to past instances of the attempt to articulate a ‘mass philosophy’ and the negotiation with the political stakes of art. These instances emerge out of the primacy of what Michael Denning has called ‘labouring culture’ – the insistence on the possibility that workers think (and make art) and the possible consequences of this insistence. While the conditions of this culture have largely disappeared or been rendered weak, the implications still resonate today. With the expansion of higher education, even if this is very uneven, questions and problems of ‘mass’ philosophy and art remain pressing.


Chapter Thirteen are exploring the provision of free childcare for its events. We are offering six places for children over the age of two on 17 February, 3:15 - 5.00pm.

Childcare including structured play around a space theme will be provided by 2 PVG certified childminder in a space separate to the talk.

This service must be booked in advance. Please email

Previous Events

Book Launch

18 January 2018 – 5 - 7pm

How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse

Free, unticketed

Paul O’Neill will visit Chapter Thirteen to introduce his new book, How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse. Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch, and pick up a copy of the book at a special discounted price.

Bringing together an international and multidisciplinary group of writers, How Institutions Think addresses such questions as whether institution building is still possible, feasible, or desirable; if there are emergent institutional models for progressive art and curatorial research practices; and how we can establish ethical principles and build our institutions accordingly.


20 January 2018 – 2 - 4:30pm

Voice Matters: Divergence and Agonism


Free, please book in advance. Lunch included and childcare available.

PYou are invited to participate in a dialogical workshop as part of the ongoing project Let’s Get Together and Call Ourselves an Institute. The workshop will offer the opportunity to explore and share experiences and concerns regarding discursive practices and organisational stances around contemporary visual art in Scotland, and how these relate to self-organisation and co-operation. How what is visible and invisible, sayable and unsayable, audible and inaudible connects with how we can conceptualise ways of doing and making the world.

Building on Variant’s research (part-funded by Creative Scotland) into how changes in cultural governance correlate with forms and practices of communication, the workshop will explore further what this means for a notion and presence of voice and organisational stance (and possibly their absences and limits too).

Voice Matters follows on from Variant’s range of discussions, articles and workshops over recent years concerning the sites and situations of communication, as well as an interest in our own and others’ forms of self-organisation in a rapidly restructuring cultural field (and ever louder calls for resilient and sustainable business models).

Some of the questions that will be discussed during the workshop are:

  • What forms of communication are taking place? Between whom? And over what time and space?
  • What ideas of organisational form are present?
  • What understanding of debate, discourse, dialogue, consensus and dissensus, conflict and negotiation can you identify?
  • What contexts and situations have artist-run organisations, and others who attend to self-organised forms, found themselves in?

This workshop will be of particular use to those involved or interested in artist-run, self-organised, DIY and other collaborative practices.

If you would like to participate, please email

Reading Group

29 November 2017 – 6-8 pm

The Critique of the Gotha Programme

Karl Marx

The short text is available here, please read it in advance of the Reading Group if you can

Free, no need to book

The Critique of the Gotha Programme is a short document based on a letter by Karl Marx. In 1875 Marx was invited by the United Workers' Party of Germany to comment on a draft of The Gotha Programme, a document that was to be presented at the Gotha Unity Congress taking place that year. The Gotha Programme was the basis for a nascent large scale social democratic movement, bringing together previously splintered workers organisations. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were in close association with the the movement and the critique expounds on the limits of a politics based on distribution rather than production, which Mark and Engels viewed as a retrograde step.

Chapter Thirteen is particularly interested in the text as it pinpoints key questions relevant to organising today, especially in relation to the limits of recent debates around Universal Basic Income and co-operative working.

Further resources

The Gotha Programme (1875) Discourse Collective podcast> Co-operatives, socialism and communism: Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Programme - Joss Winn


23 November 2017 – 6-8 pm

Mary Barbour Suite, The Pearce Institute

Nancy Adajania and Ranjit Hoskote

Free, unticketed

The talks will offer the opportunity to learn about organising in different contexts. Nancy will speak about art in public spaces analysing questions of acquisition, dispossession, collective participation & sharing, and resistance. She will make reference to Indic philosophical traditions: akal, from the evolving praxis of the subaltern, indigenous artist Rajkumar, who co-founded the art and civic infrastructure The Dialogue Centre in Bastar; and visarjan from the world of Hindu ritual that attends to cosmic cycles and is also relayed into popular culture. Ranjit will discuss ideas regarding new forms of intellectual and artistic labour premised on shared and improvised space/ time/ resources, and how they relate to both Chapter Thirteen and his own research.


02 November 2017 – 6-8 pm

Mary Barbour Suite, The Pearce Institute

Paul Sullivan, Static Gallery

Free, unticketed

The talk will cover how Static projects operate across the local and international spectrum, using examples such as the ongoing and open ended projects: Noodle Bar/Kimchi Human; HARBINGER with Gianni Russo (Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather), The People’s Pyramid and the Toxteth Day of The Dead (in collaboration with The JAMs).

To conclude, the presentation will reflect and speculate on George Yudice’s recent essay Static’s Architecture of Flows as Extradisciplinary Investigation (published in What's the Use?: Constellations of Art, History and Knowledge - A Critical Reader, Valiz, 2016) in particular the idea of practice as a form of research.

On View

Ahali - A Journal for Setting a Setting

Ahali is a self-initiated publishing project which began in 2007 which expands from Can Altay’s artistic practice. Altay commissioned diverse texts including Paul O’Neill, public works, Celine Condorelli and Bik van der Pol, on topics including improvised architecture, systems of organisation, co-habitation and public space. The audience is invited to read contributions and compile their own edit of the material to take away.

Chad McCail

Chad McCail makes very direct illustrative drawings paintings and prints. He has been working closely on the history of compulsory education as can be seen here in the print Monoculture.

Capital Drawing Group

Emerging from the Bank of Ideas, a post occupy project in London, the artists Andrew Cooper, Enda Deburca, Dean Kenning and John Russell started to educate themselves about the operation of capitalism. Meeting in the vestiges of the welfare state, in the group meeting room at the Royal Festival Hall, London, they got together to collectively read and try to understand Karl Marx’s economic treatise Das Kapital. From this process they produced a series of drawings as a way to work through the dense material.

The posters created by the Capital Drawing Group will be distributed around common areas of The Pearce Institute.


Variant is an editorial collective who produced a freely distributed newsprint tabloid addressing cross currents in culture. The tabloid suspended publication in 2012 after an unsuccessful application to Creative Scotland. Here we have the complete print archive of Volume 2 (1996 - 2012) which will be activated by a number of events in the coming months as well as the launch of a new web platform.

Zed Books

Zed Books have donated a selection of books from their current list and back catalogue to be made use of in the resource space

  • Zed is the world’s largest publishing collective.
  • It publishes about 70 books a year, its current book catalogue comprises almost 2000 titles.
  • It is a platform for writers, journalists, academics, groups and movements alike.
  • It is a world leading example of alternative, non-hierarchical business practice.
  • It has no CEO, no MD and no bosses.
  • It is owned and managed by its workers who are all on equal pay.
  • It makes its content available in as many languages as possible.
  • It publishes content critical of oppressive power structures and regimes.
  • It publishes content that changes its readers’ thinking.
  • It publishes content that other publishers won’t and that the establishment finds threatening.
  • It has been subject to repeated acts of censorship by states and corporations.
  • It fights all forms of censorship.
  • It is financially and ideologically independent of any party, corporation, state or individual.
  • Its books are shared all over the world.

Let's Get Together Cinema

The Let's Get Together Cinema features a selection of videos sourced from the Internet and by donation from artists that further interrogate modes of organising.

Upcoming Writing Commissions

Benjamin Noys

Marina Vishmidt

Rosie O'Grady

Chapter Thirteen is a co-operative and a project space, conceived to explore the social, critical and material potentials of the curatorial.

Chapter Thirteen draws upon the knowledge and resources of its members to realise exhibitions, events and discussions.

Chapter Thirteen’s projects are developed by its members.

Chapter Thirteen is an infrastructure enabling each member to make work they consider relevant, in an environment of mutual support.

Chapter Thirteen is informed by its local context in synthesis with a firm commitment to internationalism.

Chapter Thirteen recognises the importance of physical space in the process of situating curatorial practice, and developing a constituency.

Chapter Thirteen will explore the digital realm as a continuation of physical space.

Chapter Thirteen is working to negate the culture of competition.

Chapter Thirteen is committed to fair remuneration for all those working in and for the co-operative.

Chapter Thirteen accepts divergent opinions, asking what collectivity means without consensus.

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