Jonathan Baxter

Artist and …

Reading towards action

Reading Towards Action (2009-ongoing) is inspired by the writings of Paulo Freire and Brian K. Murphy (among others), specifically Murphy’s book ‘Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World: An Open Conspiracy for Social Change.’ By reading texts together in the crossfire of interpretation, Reading Towards Action opens up a space for critical reflection and encourages collective action on issues of personal and political concern.

Reading Towards Action, Dundee Artists in Residence, 2011

As an artist working in the context of peer-education, Reading Towards Action has mostly focused on texts relating to art, ecology and social activism. Action takes the form of artworks, performances, event-structures, and festivals.

Time's Rope, Performing Worlds, Dundee Artists in Residence, 2012

In 2015 I ran a Reading Towards Action group with a focus on feminist liberation and queer theology as part of a Nomas* Projects exhibition entitled, Reflections on the Incarnation.

Reading Towards Action has also inspired other reading groups. For example, the Support Structures reading group in Aberdeen.

In 2019 a new series of Reading Towards Action will commence in Edinburgh as part of the EH8 programme. For further details please contact jb4change[at]

I welcome enquiries to facilitate – or simply encourage – Reading Towards Action events on a broad range of topics and in a variety of art and non-art contexts.