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 consider the devastating effects of COVID-19 on our everyday lives and, of course, our high streets.

The report, produced by social and economic research consultants Wavehill and entitled Arts and Place Shaping: Evidence Review, was written in May 2020 (when COVID-19 was reaching its first peak) but only published a few days ago.

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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