WTF is a one-day contemporary arts festival featuring live art, sound, music, video and sculpture. The festival takes place every two years within the beautiful grounds of a country manor house in Falmer village, near Brighton. It is a dynamic and experimental festival that brings together a curated programme of performances and visual art installations.
The third edition of the festival, Make Do and Mend, took place in August 2012 and was curated by Kassia Zermon (Bunty) and Chloe Hoare.
At a time of austerity when art organisations struggle to survive and there is a lack of financial support for artists, this festival imagined an art world that loosens its ties with money. Make Do and Mend rejected the commodification of the art object and invited alternative modes of artistic practice.
Much of the work presented was created specifically for the festival and included interventions, installations and sculptures consisting of ephemeral, discarded or borrowed materials. Interactive works and roaming performances created a playground for visitors to explore. A number of works invited audience contributions, generating an evolving multi-authored landscape. Two stages featured exciting, fresh performances from a wide range of disciplines culminating in a participatory extravaganza.
Photos by Alex Forster and Gabriel Wulff