Mr Democracy

A written constitution for the UK (made in China)

  • Welcome to Mr Democracy, the story of a British artist who set off to get a written constitution for the UK made.
    Understanding the changing balance of power in the world, and with a nod to Britain’s ‘democratic’ ventures across the world, he chose to get it written in China, and ship it back to the UK.
    Read more under 'about' and in the many blog entries.


Posted by mrdemocracy on 17,09,2008

The rest of the journey was fairly uneventful, apart from discovering I’d left my coat in Hong Kong, and arriving in Terminal 5 to be harrased by Airport security – the bottle I bought after passing security in Hong Kong (in duty free), had to go in the hold due to the restrictions on liquids. OK, but the staff should somehow be trained in dealing with travellers who’ve been awake for days being asked to do ridiculous things – if it was good enough for Hong Kong airport staff and the BA flight in, it should be good enough for the domestic hop up to Manchester.

Straight on to the exhibition. The exhibition is at The Royal Standard, an ‘artist-led studio, gallery and social workspace based in Liverpool’. I first visited exhibitions of theirs in Arena studios, and then later in their namesake pub, The Royal Standard. The studio member’s rent subsidizes the rent of the gallery space, and they invigilate the exhibitions for free. They have spent much of the last six months being told they could move in ‘next week’ to a buidling in the ‘Baltic triangle’, near Greenland Street. In the summer they moved into a new building 10 minutes walk north of Moorfields, about 15 minutes walk from Lime Street, and have made the ground floor into an amazing exhibition space, with similar standards as a high end commercial gallery in London (reminded me of Modern Art in Vyner Street). The Royal Standard is run by a team of 6 directors, who between them have a great complementary mix of skills and experiences (writing, organising, exhibition construction). The Arts Council should be greatful for their value for money!

The plan that developed was to rent a container to house the toys outside the gallery. I wanted to hold onto the container in which the goods were to be delivered, but this would have been too expensive. It would also have been too expensive to get the goods delivered directly to Liverpool by sea. At first I was told it wasn’t possible, then Hamilton (who made the ship tracking system) searched and found there were sea routes to Liverpool (via Le Harve). Its not reassuring when googling something provides better information than the people you’re paying to do this (the shipping agents). It was a pleasant suprise to find that renting a container is quite affordable – just £1.50 a day, plus £120 delivery and pick up. The container will house the ship tracking system displayed on a laptop for the first half of the exhibition, in the same space in which the 1000 ‘New Constitutions’ -toys will be held. In a separate room inside the gallery is the 3 screen video installation.

The container mentioned, has arrived!

Kevin Hunt

Photo: Kevin Hunt

For the next 4 weeks it will house the ship tracking system you can see above, until the 1000 dolls arrive.


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