Matters of Interest x Big Shop Friday

What I’m (still meant to be) Reading
Thursday 15 October 2020

You are invited to a group discussion and opportunity to co-author an idiosyncratic Reader titled ‘What I'm (still meant to be) Reading’.

Contributors will collate with the group their current (and meant to be) reading, which may range from critical theory to faith texts to pulp fiction. Each contributor is invited to bring 6 books/texts to share* with the group, some they might have read, some they might be meaning to read and haven't got round to yet... The purpose of this MoI is to find and discuss common threads which run through this (seemingly) disparate collection of texts, and perhaps offer a few recommendations/warning signs. (*If you have digital copies that can be shared, great. If not, dw, just make a stack of books for the start of the session.)

What I'm (still meant to be) Reading ︎

To participate in Matters of Interest group-chat, email by 5pm on the day of the session, whereby you’ll be invited to the closed group-chat. Be Skype-ready.

  1. To Do and Other Lists | 23 April | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  2. The Rural, Gardens, Allotments and other Sanctuaries/Empires | 7 May | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  3. Models of (artist-led) education | 21 May | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  4. Libraries: Palaces for the People(?) | 18 June | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  5. What I'm (meant to be) Reading | 2 July | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  6. Solitude | 16 July | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  7. Rituals | 30 July | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  8. Conversation as Material | 13 August | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  9. Publishing: Doing it Together | 27 August | 6.30 – 8pm Reader here ︎
  10. Food as practice, Food as function | 17 September | 7–8.30pm Reader here ︎
  11. What I'm (still meant to be) Reading | 15 October | 7–8.30pm

*MoI invites suggestions for subjects of interest to be researched. Email suggestions to

Matters of Interest (MoI) is a monthly peer-led series of Skype based research-roundtables designed to bring together artists and designers during ~and beyond~ the current COVID-19 guidelines. Each Matters of Interest will take place as a group chat, during which a subject of interest will be researched and discussed by participants in one 90-minute conversational thread.

The beginnings of the next reader are available to start thoughts around what models of artist-led education mean to and enable within your own practice as a practicing artist/designer.

Matters of Interest group-chats are an opportunity to develop both knowledge of others with similar research interests as well as an informal means of collectively meeting and researching throughout this period. As a peer-led series, themes are programmed from contributors' suggestions.

During each MoI, contributors are invited to introduce themselves with a 10-word bio, followed by an hour of intense researching and uploading of articles, images, links, thoughts, notes etc. of the given subject of interest which will later be compiled and published by Big Shop Friday.

Once current COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, Matters of Interest will take a blended approach to roundtables, with a mix of online and face-to-face meet ups at Big Shop Friday.

Thomas Eke works as an artist educator, and has roots in both, Milton Keynes and London, UK. Tom's work manifests as bookworks and performance lectures, and is concerned with citizenry, collectivity and the use of art as a catalyst for connection and belonging. He has recently completed a traineeship in the department of Education in Art at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; and a Masters in Art Education with Birmingham City University.