Bettakultcha at York University

A small gathering came to see the beautiful people of York Share their thoughts and ideas. We seemed to have a vague architecture theme, totally by chance of course.

Tara Copplestone

James Christopher

Julie Allinson

Jaanika Reinvald

Paul Smith

Jim Wilson

Anna Oulton

Phill Grey

Carolyn Dougherty

The Bettakultcha event at Hebden Bridge on June 25th will see the inception of Art Furnace.

What is Art Furnace?
Art Furnace is the name for conceptual artworks given as Bettakultcha presentations (20 slides, 15 seconds each, no sales pitches). If art is anything that an artist says it is then it follows that an artist is whoever calls themselves an artist.
Bettakultcha calls itself a curator of ideas therefore we invite submissions from conceptual artists (remember you only have to call yourself an artist to be an artist) to perform their works at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Assistants of artists can of course, perform the work instead should the artist be unavailable.
You don’t have to be anything at all to just attend the event and enjoy the exhibition as a member of the audience.

How does it work?
Here is an example. I have the idea of creating an installation in a gallery. Instead of attempting to realise the installation by raising funds, negotiating with galleries, drinking with the ‘right’ people etc, I simply put together a Bettakultcha presentation using 20 slides which describes the installation and the desired response I am trying to elicit from the visitors. The presentation of the idea will be deemed to be the artwork which, on completion, will have a creative commons licence so that anyone can take the idea and do whatever they want with it so long as they give a credit to the original artist. This makes exposure for an artist easy and cheap—no Arts Council needed.

Because we can. Because we make stuff up as we go along. Because the art market is another product of consumerist society and has no relevance to the people outside of that market. Because we like to cause trouble.

So what?
We’re not sure … we’re starting a furnace and we’re going to forge something by destroying some other things.  If people find these new artefacts interesting then we’ll produce some more, if the furnace becomes starved of oxygen then at least we’ll have warmed our hands and excited our brains for a short while. And we’ll have created a furnace.

Tickets for the event and where to email your intention to present can be found here:

Bettakultcha comes to Hull

Bettakultcha comes to HullIt’s been a long time coming but we’re proud to announce that, on Tuesday 7th May, Bettakultcha will be making it’s debut in the fair city of Hull. As well as our first excursion to the coast, it’s also the first time we’ve worked with a local to help get things up and running.

Hull with a little help

Myself and Ivor are pleased as punch to be working with Annalieza Landa, who’s arranged for Bettakultcha’s first event in Hull to be held at Fruit a place well know for culture in the city.

Myself and Ivor will still be hosting the night so you can rest assured that the standard of Bettakultcha will be as you’ve come to expect. Of course you’ll still have no idea what to expect from the presenters.

As always the rules of Bettakultcha stay the same:

  • 20 Slides
  • 15 Seconds each slide

Bettakultcha Hull tickets are on sale now via the Fruit website

Come and share your passion with Bettakultcha

If you’d like to share your passion with the Bettakultcha audience all you need do is email and we’ll be in touch. Of course each presenter will receive an exclusive Bettakultcha speakers badge!

See you in Hull!

Bettakultcha York – SOLD OUT

Bettakultcha YorkIt’s been a long time coming. On April 9th Bettakultcha returns to York at Orillo Studios near the city walls. The York Bettakultcha was a great success before, just getting the right venue proved to be an issue. It just goes to show that the best idea can sometimes to wait.

Bettakultcha York Tickets are already selling fast, there are only 50, so if you want to come you’ll need to be quick.

We’re looking for presenters for Bettakultcha York

If you’ve got a passion you want to share in 20 slides and 5 minutes please email us: and we’ll add you to the list.

Here’s all the talks from the last Bettakultcha York for you to enjoy again.

Bettakultcha returns to Huddersfield

Bettakultcha Huddersfield Due to popular demand Bettakultcha is returning to the beautiful city of Huddersfield on March 19th. Thanks to the lovely Jacqui Pybus at the University, we’ll be returning in style in one of the amazing rooms on campus.

Tickets for Bettakultcha in Huddersfield are on sale now for just a fiver, there are only 50 available so you’ll need to be quick.

If you’d like to present on the 19th please email and we’ll add you to the list. Look forward to seeing you all there.

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