NO Collective

Stop The Press!



NO are to appear in a film placed on the front page of the Brick Community website.


After participating in 3 seminars with BRICK, a european funded project to highlight issues within building communities in Europe. NO participated in a final workshop creating information and resources for the dedicated project website. The film on the website will feature testimonials from both Natalie and Joe about thier experience of the seminars.


Filmed beutifully in scenic Finland, the piece will hopefully give those who visit the website an insight into what all of us have been doing over the past year.


Please also check out the website for photo's, articles and free downloadable resources to share with your own home communities.








NO have been featured in the publication of the 'Come Dine With Me' dissertation by Jess Adams.


The exploration into global and political agitation was actualised via a participatory project created in Romford, that had an outcome of a charitable cafe installation raising awareness of Food Banks in England. NO's part was as participants and collaborator's with writings featured in the Lexicon of the writing as well as a couple of intrinsic quotes.


e.g. Joe:

" I also help fat kids in America. Proper fat."

Phrase, riffs on Jamie Oliver, used to solicit unstoppable giggles from Fraser White. Origin: Joe Easemann









"I mean, Hey! for all we know, Natalie and Joe may not even be thier real names!"


On completion of the NICHE Confidence classes, NO have had a 'student testimoney' written about them on the Havering Youth Services 'epicc' website.


click here to read the full testimony!







JULY 2013


The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival Is the Best Thing To Do This Month!


Performing as part of the wider NO Collective - we will be performing 'BIPAF' as part of the festival, hosted in Brooklyn New York. says:


"While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with backyard barbecues and booze, in Brooklyn we’ll be celebrating with the launch of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF), which, as you may expect, isn’t your typical art festival.


With 12 spaces, 24 days, and some 200 participants, BIPAF is more of a mass performance, where everyone from performance artists and curators to critics and gallery directors is working together to perform a festival. It’s an event comprised of hundreds of events; it’s grassroots and communal;  it’s an informal institution offering institutional critique"






APRIL 2013


The NO Collective are performing 'The Sustainable and Economic Development of the Romford Town Centre: Public Consortium: 18 April 2013' as part of the LIPA - 'Lock In Performance Art' event. This is part of Havering's 'Creating Brighter Futures's' Launch, which has been mentioned on the TIME OUT website:


Time Out says

Mon Apr 15 2013


A fun event to mark the launch of Havering Borough initiative Creating Brighter Futures. Creating Brighter Futures is geared towards helping young people mature into social and successful adults by engaging with different creative mediums: there’ll even be a performance from renowned Royal Opera singer Joanna Skillet competing for attention with live bands and DJs. What better way than to launch such an inspirational idea with a visit from celebrity clothes stylist Mrs Jones and a pop-up cinema? Don't forget that Mrs Jones will be on hand to offer workshops daylong on how to dress like a star."






MARCH 2013


from,, re. 'The Culture Show, Episode 4; the Cultural Wasteland of London' at LUPA17



"Up next was 'No Collective' doing a faux-Crimewatch sketch about the disappearance of culture from Romford. No Collective are Natalie Bays and Josef Easeman and their work is based around "investigating micro-cultures". It was very funny, one of the funniest things I've seen at a LUPA event I think. Their story explains how culture is 'trafficked' around the city which is personified as an abducted woman. There's a certain Chris Morris-y tinge to affairs, and they successfully capture some of the ridiculousness in an authority figure saying utterly ridiculous and bizarre things.


The highlight of this for me was Natalie's physical performance. There was a great mime styled bit where Josef was explaining how the 'kidnappers' of culture looked, while Natalie acted out how she'd imagine this description to look. More pointedly, there was some sharp skewering of the self-importance of the London cultural scene, which is always nice to see at events like this. Romford is both an intrinsic part of London and somewhere quite distant and faraway if you live more centrally - so the performance had a sort of 'insider-outsider' perspective that was quite refreshing."



for full review, please see






JUNE 2013


from,, re. 'moNOpoly', part of mini markets, in Romford


MoNOpoly: No, MORE Romford encounters!


The performance piece MoNOpoly was lead into Romford Market in an early morning frenzy of excitement and expectation with the challenge of outreach, engagement with the added fear of reject.


This was the most PUBLIC place where NO has performed up to date, and the great range of people and cultures that passed by our modest stall can surely not be mirrored in many British towns. We got laughs and moans and questions and groans and damn right told off by some ladies who thought that we had misarranged the board- because their “mate down the road in Emerson Park has a MASSIVE house and their Road should definitely have been in place of Mayfair!” – all in good jest.


We gained participation from a range of ages; 3 generations on one board at one time during one game! The participants enjoyed dressing as a boy racer, the St Osyth Lion and counting their plastic pennies to see if they could afford to buy their neighbour a £2 bunch of Tesco flowers. It was shown statistically that the younger the player, the more money was earned and also, that if you threw a two on the first go you were unlikely to get to your third roll without becoming bankrupt. Our most long term players were those that squatted in others houses, and those who took loans did not last long. I think I can say that this is a comfortable reproduction of the stereotyped Romfordilian lifestyle.


The aspect that NO draws most from this opportunity was the engagement with the shoppers, shoppers for us are the identifiable general public. The inquisitive consumers that could be of any social standing or class, everyone is a shopper at some point in their lives; of course not many dropped their bags and ran to be directly involved with the board-  however  the hundreds that walked passed and commented– who shared a synonym about the unfair local taxes or unemployment. The anger of the middle aged men and the pitty of the grandmothers, those interested in politics stopping to debate the amount we were giving as ‘JSA’ when someone passed go, and those not so much, laughing at the idea of getting a ‘Wonga’ pay day loan.


This is how we know our contextual  ideas have rippled into the environment.






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