This is a response to Anna Francis’s article entitled ‘Artwashing’ gentrification is a problem – but vilifying the artists involved is not the answer .  It includes comments from myself, Emily Jost, Rab Harling and Ewan Allinson.


Your Life But Artwashed, Stephen Pritchard, 2017. Your Life But Artwashed, Stephen Pritchard, 2017.

Your Life But Artwashed, Stephen Pritchard, 2017.

Stephen Pritchard

Artwashing is a serious business and it is not something that’s planned or financed by artists. … READ MORE

This is my paper which I presented at the Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training Art and Design Research Annual Conference at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead on 25th July 2017.  Powerpoint and PDF versions can be downloaded here too…


Artists and arts organisations have always skirted the edges of gentrification.READ MORE

This blog post is about ASH – Architects for Social Housing.  It uncovers a different side to ASH’s founder that is rooted in the establishment and seeks to work with local councils to promote citizenship and art as a public good.  It suggests that these values (and others) are at odds with the aggressive and passionately political persona often adopted by ASH. READ MORE

I did a talk at Diffusion ‘Revolution’ Festival Symposium at Cardiff University today.  I’ve uploaded my presentation with notes here.  Click the link below to read it and remember to turn notes on in bottom right hand corner of presentation when it loads…  The talk is called Artwashing: From Mining Capital to Harvesting Social Capital.… READ MORE

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Vast Resources PLC mine in Romania Vast Resources PLC mine in Romania

Vast Resources PLC mine in Romania

The first post in this series, Artwashing London, explored V22 and its alter-ego V220 in a little detail, linking its group of companies to its headquarters in the Isle of Man.  It asked why would an arts organisation apparently interested in social impact want to register its activities in a tax haven?… READ MORE

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London is awash with ‘artist-led’ initiatives that use ‘meanwhile’ spaces as temporary galleries, studios and all the usual stuff.  There are many bigger companies doing this too.  Nothing new here.  Sometimes, like in the case of Bow Arts and Balfron Tower, for example, they are rightly called out for artwashing. … READ MORE

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The Idea, Screenshot from John McKiernan's Prezi (from 2013 I think) - now removed by author The Idea, Screenshot from John McKiernan's Prezi (from 2013 I think) - now removed by author

The Idea, Screenshot from John McKiernan’s Prezi (from 2013 I think) – now removed by author

This is a reblog (with additions) of a post that was originally posted anonymously on LSE Sociology blog.  I must explain a few things.  I wasn’t comfortable being anonymous because, as a fellow activist said, anonymity is the greatest dispossession. … READ MORE