This is an old email from the Newsletter Archive of British artist Ellie Harrison first sent on 27 October 2011. Subscribe at:

Hello folks,

I hope you're well.

I'm in one of my favourite cities in the whole of the UK: Newcastle upon Tyne, where I'm about to become artist-in-residence at the super-exciting Wunderbar festival when it kicks off on Monday.

This'll be last major flurry of activity for 2011, before I take a deep breath, clock-off and commence my much anticipated 'email detox' in the New Year.

Before that though, I'm presenting three exciting projects over the course of the festival, including a solo show Market Forces at Vane which features another special 'tour' of A Brief History of Privatisation by the marvellous Josie Long, as part of the launch event on Monday 31 October.

Then, on Thursday 3 November, local freelancers will come together to attempt to break our world record in the second ever Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed and, on Friday 4 November, I'm joining forces with my old pal Adele Prince and the Newcastle Roller Girls(?!) for the first ever Desk Chair Disco. Woohoo!

I'll also be co-hosting two shows on Wunderbar Radio with Josie Long and my long-suffering flatmate Oliver Braid, whilst attempting to keep a daily blog entry on the Wunderbar Blog. So please tune in!

See below for all the details,

Bye for now,



Market Forces
A solo show by Ellie Harrison

1 November - 17 December 2011

This exhibition at the new Vane Gallery space brings together three key works from last two years - A Brief History of Privatisation, The History of Financial Crises and Transactions - which aim to illustrate and explore different aspects of the recent history of capitalism and our role within it. The launch event on Monday 31 October features a second special 'tour' by comedian Josie Long. The exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned text by Laurie Penny.

LAUNCH EVENT & JOSIE LONG TOUR: Monday 31 October, 19:00 - 21:00
EXHIBITION OPEN: Tuesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 17:00 (during Wunderbar)

Vane Gallery
First Floor
Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

To book for Josie Long and for more info, please visit:

Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed

Lone Workers Unite!

- Do you often feel lonely or isolated whilst working?
- Do you find yourself working long and unregulated hours?
- Are you often 'too busy' with work to socialise?

Well, why not take part in the Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed? It's the perfect opportunity to be part of a social activity, without losing out on those precious working hours! Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed is an attempt to beat the world record for 'the most self-employed people working together (on their own individual projects) in the same place at the same time, over the course of a normal 9-to-5 day'. In June, 57 Londoners set the world record as part of Artsadmin's Two Degrees. On Thursday 3 November freelancers of the North East are invited by Wunderbar to come along and work together for the day and help us beat it!

Thursday 3 November 2011: 9-to-5 (registration from 8:30am)

Lit & Phil Library
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

To register to take part and for more info, please visit:

Desk Chair Disco

After a long week at work, join us for the mass exodus from the office
and the roller disco with a difference...

At 5pm on Friday 4 November hundreds of assorted office workers, art lovers and disco enthusiasts alike will assemble in Gateshead's Baltic Square. Office chairs at the ready, we will freewheel en masse along the city streets to an empty office unit nearby. Where, with the help of disco lights, DJ sets, live music and daring Desk Chair Derby displays, we will roll the night away... Join us!

DESK CHAIR PARADE: Assemble 5pm Baltic Square (50 chairs available to borrow)
DESK CHAIR DISCO: 18:00 - 23:30 (£5/4 or free with your own desk chair!)

Pandon Building
Trinity Gardens
Newcastle upon Tyne

To books tickets and for more info, please visit: