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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

Jul
26

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: A CASE OF ‘THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES’ (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   In Stephen’s last guest blog in this series, he demonstrates that a highly cited arts and health paper is a ‘fairy tale’

Jul
25

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: STATISTICALLY SOPHISTICATED BUT SUBSTANTIVELY SUPERFICIAL (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   In Stephen’s penultimate guest blog, for now, he provocatively argues that, sometimes at least, ‘research in arts and health can produce findings

Jul
23

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: QUESTIONS OF VALUE, RELEVANCE AND USEFULNESS (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   This is the third guest blog by Stephen Clift. Here he asks questions about the value, relevance and usefulness of some research

Jul
22

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: MORE ON THE WHO (2019) REPORT (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   In this second guest blog by Stephen Clift, he questions the WHO scoping review of arts and health (Fancourt and Finn, 2019),

Jul
12

ARTS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING: THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN THE FIELD (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   This guest blog by Dr Stephen Clift calls for a thorough appraisal of research about how art might contribute to health and

Jun
03

FIELD – AFTER JOHN BERGER

This is the transcript of a 4 minute talk I did as the first of The Parallel State’s RANT series. You can listen to the podcast here.

Remember what is was like to be sung to sleep?

May
20

GUEST BLOG: Archives of a Country Lost – A review of Cry, the Beloved Country by Gil-Mualem Doron by Ghazaleh Zogheib

This is a guest blog by curator and researcher Ghazaleh Zogheib. It’s a review of Gil Mualem-Doron’s exhibition Cry, the Beloved Country. Dr. Gil Mualem-Doron (1970) is an Arab-Jewish artist, born and based in the UK. His work is research-based, often collaborative and focuses on issues such as identity politics, nationalism, placemaking and histories of place, social justice, and transcultural aesthetics. His work has been exhibited in places such as the Turner Contemporary, Tate Modern, the South Bank Centre, People’s History Museum (Manchester), the Jewish Museum (London), and Haifa Museum of Art. His work is in several private collections and he has won commissions from organisations such as Counterpoints Arts, Brighton Pride, the Mayor of London and Ben & Jerry’s.

I’m pleased to be able to share this review of Mualem-Doron’s challenging and political exhibition in the week that marks the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba.

May
12

Kick up the Arts: Arts and Culture during and after Coronavirus. My contribution to The World Transformed Zoom conversation

Last Tuesday evening (5th May), I took part in a discussion about arts and culture during and after Coronavirus. The event was organised by The World Transformed. I’m a strong supporter of this movement. For this session, it asked: “How can arts and cultural workers across the sector find new forms of solidarity during the Coronavirus crisis? How can we strengthen localised organising culture in the creative industries? What economic demands should arts and cultural workers be making in this current moment?”

May
08

MUCH MORE THAN MAKING DO

I wrote this article for Super Slow Way, the Creative People and Places programme in Pennine Lancashire. I’m their critical friend. This is a reflection on where Super Slow Way are now and where I think they’re going.

Apr
13

Duty Now for the Future 2.0

This is a revised version of Duty Now for the Future – an article commissioned by Collecteurs NY to help launch its SUBSTANCE 100 initiative. The original article was written before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the UK , Europe and the USA. Duty Now for the Future 2.0 is a call for everyone in the art world to finally wake up to our responsibilities in a world where there can be no going back to the crass inequity of our lives before Corona virus.

It asks: Is the time coming when art will finally embrace self-organised alternatives rooted in ethical practice, equitable living, commoning, fair pay, openness and hope? Can art help rebuild our lives and our communities? Can it reimagine ways of being and living together after a global pandemic that surely changes everything?

Mar
31

More Today Than Yesterday (But Less Than There’ll Be Tomorrow) – my article for NUART Journal 2, September 2019…

Street art is an essential part of the Creative Class narrative. Every city has ‘up-and-coming’ areas clad from shop shutters to back alleys, sides of dilapidated buildings to shifty-looking subways, in what has become known as street art. This article argues that the now almost globally ubiquitous street art ‘movement’ has evolved from its roots in class and race conflict and anti-gentrification activism to become a perfect foil for neoliberal capitalism, forming a ‘gritty’ yet colourful backdrop to the Creative City ‘New Bohemias’ that seem to pop-up in every city, everywhere on the planet: a perfect tool in gentrifiers’ artwashing arsenals. Linking street art to ‘nostalgia narratives’, it looks at how street art was employed in New York’s Lower East Side in a doomed attempt to resist gentrification in the late 1970s and early 1980s, only for it to become the neighbourhood’s nemesis by creating a ‘ghetto’ aesthetic that helped sell it to cool and trendy incomers and the art world in general. But perhaps recuperation was and always will be inevitable?

 

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8 hours ago
A couple of cyanotypes dancing a duet as they dry on a line in The Hollow, Eldon Lane...

#MoreThan community art for @NHeartlands. https://t.co/pr0VFUrcxu
9 hours ago
Great to see some of the plants given to the Pendower Good Neighbour Project in Newcastle's West End are coming along nicely.

The plants were given free as part of my Community Garden Sharing North East project. https://t.co/4gflliCDkT
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9 hours ago
Great to see over 100 people doing community art and eating free food from Krystal's Heritage Cafe yesterday in The Hollow in Eldon Lane.

Cyanotypes, sunflower planting, planning community allotments, reclaiming land, street parties and more!

#MoreThan

https://t.co/yCxQAEui6J
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Dr Stephen Pritchard @etiennelefleur
Amazing day today with more than 100 people getting involved in making sunflower sun prints, planting hundreds of sunflowers to reclaim land left derelict after demolition, singing, eating free food from Dene Valley's Heritage Cafe, chatting & having a laugh in the sun!

1/3 https://t.co/t2zYOTUogo
18 hours ago
Amazing day today with more than 100 people getting involved in making sunflower sun prints, planting hundreds of sunflowers to reclaim land left derelict after demolition, singing, eating free food from Dene Valley's Heritage Cafe, chatting & having a laugh in the sun!

1/3 https://t.co/t2zYOTUogo
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1 day ago
Great short thread by @olimould suggesting that the Creative City might be killed by #COVID19 and calling for "a new creative city movement from below".

I've never supported the Creative City, but welcome grassroots urban community development movement.

https://t.co/IXdCBWEwfT https://t.co/83onACYsJn
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1 day ago
500 sunflowers ready for today's community art gathering at The Hollow, Eldon Lane - land left after demolition of terraces. They'll be planted by community members to reclaim the land.

Plus free food from the Heritage Cafe & music & sun prints & chatter

https://t.co/0RXtCdSRl1 https://t.co/4cavHkHvso
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Dr Stephen Pritchard @etiennelefleur
Tomorrow's going to be hot & sunny & we're going to be planting hundreds of sunflowers on land where a pit terrace once stood in Moore Street, Eldon Lane.
Krystal from Heritage Cafe will be there offering free food to everyone too! Plus we'll be doing sun prints of wild flowers! https://t.co/x1cZM56zIh