Acts of Rebellion

Ever felt like dancing in the street? Screaming down the bank? Or giving flowers to strangers? Maybe you just want to sit silently meditating in the middle of the pavement or lie down with your legs in the air in Fargate? Film maker and photographer Laura Page invites you enact small acts of rebellion and record these through photography and video.

See it is a free pass to act like a careless child or a drunken rapscallion, to make a protest stand about something important to you or just to have a laugh.

Bring your camera or phone, if you have one. If not, Laura will help with this. You do not need any specialist equipment to participate.

Come to one of our free workshops, have a chat and a drink, share any ideas and get some filming and photography guidance and tips. Then we’ll let you loose on the streets of Sheffield to wreak your rebellion.  We will help in any way we can.  Then send your footage to Laura to be included in her film.

All adults of all backgrounds and abilities are very welcome.


Sunday 26th May at Millennium Galleries, 2pm – 4pm BOOK HERE

Thursday 30th May – Graves Gallery, 10.30am – 12.30pm BOOK HERE

Sunday 2nd June at Millennium Galleries, 1pm – 3pm BOOK HERE

Saturday 8th June at Millennium Galleries 11am -1pm BOOK HERE

If you are unable to make a workshop but would like to take part please call 07886 245477 or email  You’ll be asked to make a 20 second video of you committing your act of rebellion (just on your phone is fine) accompanied by a “before” and “after” portrait.  You can then send it electronically to be included in the project.

Thursday 13th June / 6pm-8pm / Dina, 32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP

The project will culminate in a public screening and discussion with the artist, project participants and University of Sheffield’s Dr. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc who works on phenomenological conceptions of social identity.



I’ve been thinking about control and rebellion and how our actions are often bound by the norms of our society, whether for better or for worse.  Most of us act in a way which fits within given social, cultural and institutional boundaries even if these actions are contrary to what we would do if we felt more free.  Sometimes we commit small acts of rebellion without anyone knowing except ourselves.  Some people more so than others.

I’ve challenged myself to commit some small “acts of rebellion” and filmed them.  I’ve just done a quick few to test the water so far. It’s definitely more difficult when it’s pre-planned than when it’s done spontaneously.

My first act was at the train station and I decided to dance to the song I was listening to on my headphones.  I thought it was perhaps a bit lame, obvious and easy but it was my first attempt and I actually felt really nervous about doing it which made me realise I needed to do it. I did hold back a bit but made myself enjoy it too.  It looks on the video as though no one is reacting at all but I saw in the eyes of those walking past utter mortification on my behalf.  And then they pretended they hadn’t noticed anything.  How British.  Afterwards I felt like an idiot but happy too.  Why would I feel such strong mixed emotion that after doing such a simple thing as dancing to some music I loved? I bet people thought I was attention-seeking and attention-seeking bothers me.  I should have let go more.

My next act was to push in the queue for the kids’ swing and sit on it for ages.  Parents shot me daggers but, of course, didn’t say anything. Ha ha. Why should kids have all the fun!?! Out of order?

Finally I decided to picnic on what is left of the green space which was cleared to make way for an extra lane on the road.  I felt really embarrassed again but it was surprisingly pleasant.  People really gawped from their cars but people walking past generally avoided looking at me at all.

These first filmed acts of rebellion felt a bit pathetic when I thought them up but were all surprisingly hard to do.  They made me feel shame and then control and amusement.  They made me wonder:  What constitutes rebellion?;  How does it make the actor feel before, during and after?; Is it transformative?; How does it make the onlooker feel?; Is there a point to it?; Are some acts more valid than others?

Me before and after an act of rebellion looking slightly reluctant and slightly smug/awkward: