I had a conversation with fellow artist Martin Daws back in 2016. He had a great idea. imagine if artists were employed, full-time to work in communities? We worked on it. Martin then wrote a guest blog here in 2017.

This article sets out how we could easily and relatively cheaply employ artists in everyday community and how such a simple, yet radical system would create just the sort of transformative cultural change that is at the heart of Arts Council England’s new 10-year strategy, Let’s Create.READ MORE

This is the conclusion to the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this chapter.

See previous posts for earlier sections…


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House of Cupcakes.

CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-CLASSES

Yet, one area that is often overlooked is the extent to which many of us are gentrifiers too. … READ MORE

This is the fifth section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. The conclusion to this sample chapter will be published later today.

See previous posts for earlier sections…


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Tompkins Square Park Riot (1988).

CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

GENTRIFICATION

Unlike hipsters, artists are the advance troops of gentrification. … READ MORE

This is the forth section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. See previous posts for earlier sections…


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CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

NEW BOHEMIAS

Contemporary London breeds hipsters as quickly as it can cultivate New Bohemias.  But these people and places are cartoon-like – shallow simulations. … READ MORE

This is the third section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. See previous posts for earlier sections…


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Cereal Killers…

CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

HIPSTERS: GENTRIFICATION’S LEECHES AND PARASITES

Today’s hipsters were once only to be found in enclaves such as Paris’ third arrondissement, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, London’s Shoreditch and Hackney, as well as other parts of cities like Stockholm, Berlin, etc. … READ MORE

This is the second section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. The introduction to the chapter is here and the introduction to the book is here.


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Cover from l Bohemia in London by Arthur Ransome (1907).

CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

OLD BOHEMIAS

The Bohemians first emerged in early-nineteenth century Paris when the city’s lower-class areas became home to an influx of seemingly impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, actors and other creatives. … READ MORE

I am publishing the first chapter from my unpublished book New Bohemias: Artists, Hipsters and Gentrification in six parts – one a day from today onwards. I published the book introduction earlier today. A longer section of this chapter “Old Bohemias” will be published tomorrow…


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CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

INTRODUCTION

If there’s one word that long been associated with gentrification, it is Bohemia. … READ MORE

I began writing a book about artists and hipsters and gentrification. It’s a follow on from my article in the Guardian titled Hipsters and artists are the gentrifying foot soldiers of capitalism. The book remains unwritten although this is the introduction to the book proposal.

I will publish the first chapter, “ Changing places – from Old Bohemias to New Bohemias”, in 6 instalments beginning with the chapter introduction this afternoon then the following subsections one a day from tomorrow onwards: “Old Bohemias”; “Hipsters – Gentrification’s Leeches and Parasites”; “New Bohemias”; “Gentrification”; and, finally, “Revenge of the Middle-Classes”.READ MORE

This is a video recording of my lecture entitled Rethinking the role of artists in regeneration contexts. It was recorded at Northumbria University on 24th November 2017. Includes a short Q&A at the end.… READ MORE