Much like rising damp in a sharehouse, gentrification is creeping into working class arts spaces at alarming speed. As working class aesthetics and stories are coopted by the peers of genuinely working class artists and writers, the value and purpose of those spaces is increasingly diluted. In this panel a collection of working class writers discuss the function of working class arts spaces and why they must be protected at all costs.
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