This is a guest blog by Martin Daws. Martin is a Spoken Word Poet and Community Artist. Full-time freelance since 1999. Young People’s Laureate for Wales 2013-2016. Check out his website and follow him on Twitter.
Martin came up with the idea of paying artists to work with communities instead of “investing” millions of pounds in “capital projects” such as arts centres. … READ MORE
This is a transcript of another Twitter conversation between @rattlecans and the poet Martin Daws. It stemmed from my tweet, which reflected Martin’s call for paid artists in place of multi-million pound art centres. I asked: “Instead of a £50m art venue, a city could pay 200 artists £25k a year for 10 years to work with communities; do what they want. … READ MORE
This is a guest post by @Rattlecans – an outspoken voice on Twitter who I very much respect. Written in 2012, it’s a re-blog from The Ragged University project. The original can be found here. Old Space Taken is about a once-strong community, now lost. Powerful and personal, it’s a must read.… READ MORE
Annabel Turpin’s blog about the invasion of London arts organisations in ‘the regions’ reflects a growing sense of frustration within regional arts organisations who feel they are not treated as equals in many such ‘partnerships’. … READ MORE
Did Assemble really play such a big part in Granby 4 Streets? How ‘community-led’ was the project? What was the role of the Community Land Trust? How did Assemble come to win the Turner Prize 2015? Who were the private social investors and what did they do to help make the project happen?… READ MORE
Beneath the old iron bridges, across the Victorian parks, & all the frightened people running home before dark, Past the Saturday morning cinema– that lies crumbling to the ground, & the piss stinking shopping centre in the new side of town. I’ve come to smell the seasons change, & watch the city, as the sun goes down again.… READ MORE
This is the abstract for my forthcoming paper presentation at the Royal Geographical Society 2016 International Conference in London on 2nd September. The session is explores “The Nexus of Art and Geography: practice as research”, is part of the Participatory Geographies Research Group activities and is convened by Cara Courage (University of Brighton, UK) and Anita McKeown (Independent Researcher).… READ MORE
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