We are a London-based group of current or ex interns, cultural workers and educators primarily from the creative and cultural sectors who regularly meet to think together around the conditions of free labour in contemporary societies.

We are undertake participatory action research around voluntary work, internships, job placements and compulsory free work in order to understand the impact they have on material conditions of existence, life expectations, subjectivity and the implications of this for education, life long training, exploitation, and class interest.

Contact us at   carrotworkers@gmail.com if you would like to get involved. It would be great to hear from you.

Recently, the group has enlarged and broadened its focus to conditions of precarious work and life. Affiliated now with the Precarious Workers Brigade, we have open meetings on the second Thursday of every month in or around Bethnal Green. See http://precariousworkersbrigade.tumblr.com/ for further details



9 Responses to “ABOUT US”

  1. Millie Ross May 7, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    Hello I’m the editor of jotta.com, I would like to include an article about the fair this weekend- would it be possible to use some images from your site? Are you able to send me some asap as I’d like to post this today.
    Many thanks

  2. Chrissie T May 11, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    thanks to a forwarded email from jessica layton, we came to visit your survival fair on saturday. were both really impressed with the creativity and flair with which you’re addressing some incredibly important issues.

    would love to stay in contact and if it’s ever any use to think about how another generation who’ve fought/are still fighting many of the same battles could contribute we’d be very willing.
    Chrissie T (and Steve T)

  3. free class berlin May 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    “Dear All,

    20 years ago student strikes shook the foundations of the Berlin University of Arts and led to the birth of the autonomous student organizations “Freie Klasse” and “Interflugs.” Interflugs and Freie Klasse posed the ideal of an interdisciplinary, non-hierarchical, socially aware, self-organised arts education.

    To celebrate this event, we are organising the three week long Reflect // Academy from the 23th of July till the 13th of August. Our aim is to be an interdisciplinary breedingplace, to inspire, create, discuss and experiment.

    We will provide an exciting schedule filled with lectures, discussions, film screenings and workshops with artists, theoreticians, curators and political groups.
    Throughout the whole course of the Reflect // Academy we will provide a school building in which everyone is invited to sleep, eat and work.

    Further, the character will be D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself). This means that we encourage everybody to take initiative for projects, share his skills and help out with the daily organisation of the academy.

    The program of the Reflect // Academy is to see under:

    You are very welcome to come. Please tell us before 1th of june with how many people
    will come, till what date and what kind of skill you would like to share.

    Travel compensation:
    If you are short in money, we can compensate some of the travel expenses.
    As are some of us campaigning against Airtravel, it would be very much appreciated if you would travel as carbon-low as possible and you would avoid flying.

    in solidarity,
    love and strength,”

  4. Sarah Clementson May 13, 2009 at 11:17 am #


    I am contacting you as I couldnt come to your meeting last weekend. I have just completed a three month internship at the Barbican, which has confirmed by suspicions about the cultural sector and highlighted the risks of unregulation within the schemes. I am writing letters to various policy makers and mps to raise the issue, and would love to get involved with you guys.

    Best wishes,


  5. Nicola Dowling September 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi Sarah,
    I am a researcher at the BBC looking into the issue of internships during the credit crunch.
    I was very interested in your post about your three months at the Barbican.
    Would it be possible for me to give you a quick call to talk about your experiences.
    My email address is Nicola.Dowling@bbc.co.uk and the number is 0161 244 3931 or 07810 855 315.

  6. Lisa Reinisch June 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm #


    I’m writing an article about interns in creative industries and would like to interview one of you for a new online magazine, londonfile.org.

    Could you get back to me by email on reinisch.lisa@gmail.com or 077 4597 3461



  7. Rebecca August 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm #


    I’m trying to research internships in the art world/museums sector in Italy for an oral exam at my university on the question of how elitist art is, and was wondering if anyobdy could point me in the direction of any useful websites with statistics about how many people undertake such internships (from talking to my Italian friends it seems to be a pretty common practice!). All hope much appreciated, thank you!

  8. mitra memarzia July 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm #


    I was at an event at the Cubitt gallery yesterday where you were mentioned.

    I’m an artist, activist, educator… and AIR council Member (Artists Interaction and Representation) would like to come to one of your meet ups and hear more and see where there might be links- which I think there are.

    Love the picture above!

  9. carrotworker November 5, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Hi! Come to the next Precarious Workers Brigade (which now incorporates Carrot Workers) Open Meeting: http://precariousworkersbrigade.tumblr.com/

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