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Jun
11

THE NEED FOR ROBUST CRITIQUE OF RESEARCH ON THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH IMPACTS OF THE ARTS (CLIFT, PHILLIPS & PRITCHARD, 2021): SUPPLEMENTARY TABLES

Stephen Clift, Kate Phillips and I have just had our article The need for robust critique of research on the social and health impacts of the arts published in Cultural Trends.  You

Jun
10

CULTURAL DEMOCRACY, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & THE OLD/NEW NORMAL

This is the film of my talk at Imagine Belfast in March 2021. It includes a really interesting Q&A. I posted the transcript of the talk here. Apologies for the

Mar
30

RE-ENCHANTING OUR ART, CULTURES AND EVERYDAY LIVES

This is the transcript of my talk entitled Cultural Democracy, Community Development and the Old/New Normal which I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to present at the

Mar
10

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PRIVATISATION (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR FRANCES WILLIAMS This guest post by Dr Frances Williams argues that the field of Arts in Health needs safe spaces and new platforms for critical

Jan
25

D.I.T (Do it Together) & POST TRAUMATIC COLLECTIVES

This is a repost (with permission) of Martyn Reed’s powerful recent post on Facebook. Reflecting at first upon Nuart’s recent struggle with Stavanger authorities to overturn a decision to significantly

Nov
17

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE: THE FUTURE IS STILL SELF-ORGANISED (TINA 3.0)

  In 2005, three artists, Stephan Dillemuth, and Jakob Jakobsen, wrote There Is No Alternative: The Future is Self-Organised (TINA1). They went on to issue a second call in 2012

Nov
06

TIME FOR ARTISTS’ MUTUAL AID?

Having recently launched Artists’ Mutual Aid UK, I am reposting my article from this summer written for Freedom Press. Please feel free to join Artists’ Mutual Aid UK here and

Oct
28

WORKING WITH RAYMOND WILLIAMS TO TRANSFORM THE ARTS AND CULTURAL “SECTOR” (GUEST BLOG)

This new guest post by Nick Mahony, Stephanie Bolt and Russell Todd, argues that the people excluded by “arts and culture” in the UK are the same people who are

Oct
02

THE MYTH OF “TRANSFORMATIVE” ART AND THE REALITY OF ART AS PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE – GUEST BLOG

I am really pleased to be able to share this extremely powerful, thought-provoking guest blog by Rosie Priest. It’s a personal account of how art can be part of everyday

Sep
18

A PERFECT SOCIAL ORDER OF ZOMBIES: PLACE SHAPING AND SOCIAL CAPITAL SIGNALS THE RETURN OF THE CREATIVE CLASS LIVING DEAD

  Why have Arts Council England (ACE) published data and a report about how culture can, apparently, help regenerate high streets now? Particularly given that the report does not even

Aug
14

REWILDING THE ARTS

This is my take on what rewilding the arts means to me. I wrote this for Rewild the Arts . The original can be found here.     The nation

Jul
27

TIME FOR ARTISTS’ MUTUAL AID?

Perhaps, it’s time for artists to learn from the COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups that are self-organising and self-seeding across the UK and the globe? Imagine if artists set up local

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2 days ago
Director of @NHeartlands, the wonderful @jillrcole, calmed excited little ones at today's lantern making workshop by reading stories on the floor of the Heritage Cafe in Dene Valley!

Proper community art. https://t.co/1vzkmrfAmZ
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2 days ago
Fab day in Dene Valley making community lanterns for the @NHeartlands Festive Light Parade on 18th December with Anna Harding!

Families really spent time making beautiful, personalised stars.

I made a cyanotype star (obvs).

Proper community art. https://t.co/SWfLjExWlZ
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6 days ago
Lovely day down in Dene Valley today. The electricity was still off in lots of parts of the community, but The Heritage Cafe crew were handing out free sandwiches.

And I made these test cyanotypes under UV lights whilst chatting to Tony Bird.

More soon... https://t.co/H9HUMeE9Fq
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2 weeks ago
One of my recent 10 minute pencil, pen & acrylic brush pen drawings that may or may not end up hiding somewhere in my massive community garden mural @edbertshouseCLP Pattinson House, #Gateshead.

Harry the Mallard has a knowing look in his eye. I wonder why?

A @HelixArts project https://t.co/CXOs6QskAG
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3 weeks ago
Ah, it's good to be back working with @NHeartlands in Dene Valley #CountyDurham!

More murals for the Meeting House and Yule light installation at The Hollow. https://t.co/chSJXuwCRe
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1 month ago
Twice as many youth services in England’s richest areas...

Children in poorest areas have less access to youth clubs, out-of-school activities and purpose-built facilities.
https://t.co/wLJgoiNDCK
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