Selections from the Life Support Reading List

The Life Support exhibition booklet (which you can download on this website) contains a number of readings and resources relating to the artists and ideas featured in the show for further exploration – here is a selection plus some further additions!

Giovanna Borasi, ‘Cuddling Rooms, Body Banks, and Collab Houses,’ A Social Reset, Canadian Centre for Architecture, March 2021.

Lucy Brownson, ‘Feminist housing activism in the 1970s-1980s, #1: Making space for feminist infrastructures,’ Glasgow Women’s Library blogpost, August 2021 (see also the other two posts in this series).

Lia Gangitano, ‘Greer Lankton,’ Artforum, 31 October 2014.

Weitian Liu, ‘Franki Raffles: Photography as a Social Practice,’ Photomonitor, March 2021.

Charlotte Osdalen, ‘Harpies & Quines: Representing their readers’ letters with campaigns to end Violence Against Women’, Glasgow Women’s Library blogpost, 8 March 2017.

Morgan M. Page, One From the Vaults episode 31: It’s About Me Not You, 2019.

Adebusola Ramsay, Cllr Graham Campbell, and Alberta Whittle, ‘Lessons Learned: Weather Warnings,’ Glasgow Sculpture Studios, June 2021.

Events and Recordings

Each week throughout the exhibition, Manual Labours will be re-releasing episodes form their Global Staffroom Podcasts, which began broadcast in 2020. You can listen to the full back catalogue of recordings here.

Grassroots: Artmaking and Political Struggle, Kettle’s Yard Gallery, University of Cambridge and University of St Andrews, 29th April – 3rd June 2021


Bishopsgate Institute Archives, London

Contemporary Art Research Collection (CARC), University of Edinburgh

Glasgow Women’s Library archive collections

Franki Raffles Photographic Collection, University of St Andrews Special Collections


The Fabric, University of Edinburgh

Franki Raffles Archive, Edinburgh Napier University and University of St Andrews