DIY: 2014 – Tim Jeeves ‘Allowance to not Seek a Job’

Finding the benefit in challenging the work ethic.

This project has repoened for applciations. New deadline Tuesday 30th September.

Project summary:
Rearranged due to illness, and now taking place over two weekends in London, some spaces are now available on this DIY.
Allowance to not Seek a Job is a space to reflect, learn and share what work actually does, both for us and to us. When everything from hard-working families to labours of love are lauded, it is of perhaps little surprise that – across the political spectrum – the imperative to work dominates. Allowance to not Seek a Job is, as the name suggests, a chance to investigate the nature of the boundaries between work and non-work, and wonder what we might want to do in the time when we’re not working.

Dates, times and location(s):
10am-5pm, on the 25th, 26th, 31st October and 1st November 2014.
Live Art Development Agency Study Room, London.

Application procedure:
Participant Specification:


Experienced in overwork (however your working life might be constituted – whether it’s working the day job, doing the hoovering or administering your practice…)
Available for all the dates and times outlined above


A willingness to explore your own work ethic openly and honestly

To apply, please send an anti-job application to [email protected] that states:

Your name, contact number and e-mail.
An outline of a non-work orientated activity that you can introduce / lead for 45 minutes (for example, playing computer games, phoning someone you haven’t spoken to for a long time, practicing meditation,etc). If selected, you will be paid £30 to facilitate this activity (so that the rest of the group, including Tim, can have a bit of a break…).
Why Allowance to not Seek a Job would be.

New deadline Tuesday 30th September.

The Artist:
Tim Jeeves is an artist and writer whose recent work has explored the application of ideas around gift and generosity in performance practice. It is his research into the amateur (the person who works for love) that has led him towards his current investigations into the nature of work more broadly. Since 2011, he has produced the annual Giving in to Gift festival in his adopted home of Liverpool (, and is currently involved in developing The Artist plc, a crypto-currency for trade in cultural value.

Please send applications and enquiries to
Tim Jeeves

This project is part of DIY 11: 2014 and is supported by Forest Fringe.

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