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.READ MORE

This is the transcript from my keynote speech at Nuart Festival in Stavanger on 8th September 2019. It explores nostalgia narratives in Street Art and examines the practice’s links to gentrification. But perhaps we’re all gentrifiers nowadays?

The full article on which this talk was based is available in Nuart Journal III and can be downloaded for free here .READ MORE

This is the text from my talk for the Market Forces event at the Swap Market Govanhill in Glasgow on 18th July 2019. It looks at the role artists play in the game of neoliberal planned gentrification.


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THE HYPER-MARKET STRIKES BACK!

Today, artists are portrayed by the creative industries as exemplars of a new class of creative entrepreneurs.… READ MORE

This is a copy of my book chapter which was published earlier this year in Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice (2018). The book is edited by Cara Courage and Anita McKeown and is published by Routledge. It is available to buy here . Thanks to the editors for permitting its reproduction here.READ MORE

This is the text from my workshop “Caught doing social work?” which was part of Manifesta 12’s M12 Education Club conference in Palermo on 19th October 2018. The workshop was held in the community centre in the ZEN social housing project. The text was used as mini provocations which led to a really interesting discussion about instrumentalism of the arts and artists, gentrification and artwashing.READ MORE

This is a film about V&A’s crass exploitation of council housing following its “acquisition” if some pieces of Robin Hood Gardens in the Labour controlled London borough of Tower Hamlets – a once iconic council housing estate that is being demolished to make way for luxury apartments. It was part of my keynote given as part of Lancashire Arts Exchange on 8th November 2018.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