“ A secure and affordable place to live is a basic human need. ”





THE CAGE: Visualising the Housing Crisis is a 3-day collaborative workshop and intervention in the public space done in collaboration with People’s Republic of Stokes Croft in Bristol. The workshop will be coordinated by IC-Visual Lab in conjunction with internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Julián Barón. This project is a collaboration between Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Arnolfini and University of West of England.



During this workshop, participants will be asked to respond collectively to the current housing crisis in the UK by producing visual material resulted from applying various techniques of image manipulation, collage… They will also design a public intervention where all the resulting work will be displayed in a Bristol location.

Workshop facilitators will provide an archive of images to work with composed of photographs, archive images, pictograms, documents, film stills, books and magazines. Participants will also be able to contribute to this pool of images by bringing their own ones. We recommend you bring between 20-30 A4 B&W images which should be printed on a photocopier or a domestic printer (printing quality is not important). You can also send these images to the organisers before the workshop for printing.

The final work will be displayed in the public space in a Bristol location. The location chosen will be relevant to the topic of the housing crisis providing the perfect canvas to showcase all participants’ responses. Location details will be given to participants once they have signed for the workshop.

Furthermore, participants will produce an experimental publication (printed and digital) with an extended version of the works produced. Every participant will have a free publication at the end of the workshop. The organizers will also provide full documentation (images & a promotional video) to participants after the workshop.



Public Talk /// JULIÁN BARÓN. “THE CAGE” /// 22nd February 2018 7pm at Arnolfini Dark Studio. (Free for ICVL members and workshop participants).

Workshop /// THE CAGE: Visualising the Housing Crisis /// 23rd, 24th & 25th February 2018 From 10am to 5pm at UWE Design Department at City Campus (Arnolfini)

Public intervention /// 26th February 2018. Times TBC



This workshop is directed at photographers, designers, visual artists, students, lecturers and anybody who is interested in using graphic arts to respond to political issues.




£120 for 3 days workshop, publication and a ticket for the public talk. Limited Capacity.

*Only available until 22nd January 2018 then full price will be £135

** ICVL members will have booking priority and 10% on this workshop.

*** If you would like to do the workshop but you have difficulties to cover the fees, please get in touch with us.



IC‐Visual  Lab  is  an  independent  photography  organisation based  in  Bristol (UK), focussing  on  the education  and  promotion  of  contemporary  photography.  Its  remit  is  to  support  the  development  of photographic practice & visual storytelling across all approaches and for all audiences. In 2016 it launched ICVL Studio, a dedicated design & photography studio specialising in production, publishing, interactive multimedia, archive management and curating.



Born 1978 , Castellón, Spain. Lives and works in Segorbe, Spain.

Julián Barón mixes photography, video, sound collage, installation, books and other media. His goal: to offer unorthodox points of view and weaken the rigidity of the collective imagination and official speeches that build memory, history and identity through pictures. The body of visual work he has developed reacts to convulsive sociopolitical events and allows him to take a critical position.

Member of Blank Paper Collective. Director and teacher of Blank Paper School Online, Valencia and Castellón from 2007 to 2015. The content, the exhibition and the publication of Julián Barón´s work depict a constant dialog between images and their production, propagation, and consumption. Nominated by Fannie Escoulen for the Discovery Prize-Rencontres d’Arles 2015, wherein he presented the installation Visual Regime with three of his projects: C.E. N.S. U. R.A., TAUROMAQUIA and Los últimos días vistos del rey. His works have been exhibited in Mapfre Foundation in Spain, Netherlands Photo Museum, Get It Louder Beijing, Chang Jiang Biennale, Chongquing, China and Centre d´Art Pompidou- Metz.

In 2016, working together with the Photographic Social Vision’s Education Department, he created and directed a program called Lesson Plan: european experimentation; a proposal of exercises working with teenagers from schools, institutes and cultural centers in Barcelona. The results of the didactic activities will be displayed in the group show Myths of the Near Future, curated by Natasha Christia at the DOCfield’16 -Europe: Lost in Translation.

Currently he coordinates an online project of pedagogic, collaborative and transversal profile, supported by Fotocolectania Foundation.






From Memorial by Julián Barón