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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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Fab day @edbertshouseCLP Pattinson House for A River - my community garden mural project with @HelixArts yesterday.

Things are really taking shape and we've prepped the fences and seating for final paint. Printed panels and Perspex to follow soon.

Meet our water spirit... https://t.co/5jSiiVCguf
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6 days ago
Dorman Long Tower demolition is an act of polically motivated cultural erasure!

Historic England: a "nationally unique surviving structure from the twentieth-century coal, iron & steel industries".

Tory Culture Secretary: “not of sufficient architectural or historic interest". https://t.co/ABxGozjX0H
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1 week ago
Every day I spend @edbertshouseCLP Pattinson House in Gateshead is truly amazing! We make art & talk whilst we do so. I ask someone each day to tell their story.

Today it's Lisa, a volunteer on the project.

Lisa brought in an object carved by her late father when she was little https://t.co/jOxyNAb2cw
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1 week ago
Another sunny day @edbertshouseCLP Pattinson House working with people from the Old Fold and Nest estates in Gateshead as part of my "A River" community garden mural project for @HelixArts.

There's such a string spirit and it's so exciting to see everyone pulling together! https://t.co/7OzlnO68CT
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2 weeks ago
First day back @edbertshouseCLP Pattinson House after summer holidays for my A River community mural project for @HelixArts and I met Ella.

Ella is a photographer and storyteller who's obsessed with documenting life.

Check out her website:

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2 weeks ago
The UK's most ambitious community-led, radically low carbon community ownership plan has been sold from under the community by @SaputoInc!

Say no to #ProfitOverPeople!

Support @AtmosTotnes @atmosfortotnes.

Watch & share this action with #BrianEno.

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