I was kindly asked to talk alongside Labour MP Laura Pidcock, Jessie Jo Jacobs (Policy and Campaigns Officer, Northern TUC) and Ramona McCartney (National Officer for the People’s Assembly) at the People’s Assembly event, “In Place of Austerity”, in Newcastle on 20th January 2018. It was an incredibly inspiring day!READ MORE


Cartoon courtesy of  Southwark Notes Cartoon courtesy of  Southwark Notes

Cartoon courtesy of Southwark Notes

An amazing thing happened this week. The plans to redevelop Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the surrounding area by tax-avoiding, Tory-supporting property developer Delancey and London College of Communication/University of the Arts London where rejected (subject to confirmation on 30th January 2018) by Southwark Council’s planning committee.… READ MORE


All images in this post are my own, taken during research in 2016. All images in this post are my own, taken during research in 2016.

All images in this post are my own, taken during research in 2016.

Much has been written about V&A’s decision to purchase a part of Robin Hood Gardens: an ex-council estate; more recently social housing.  The estate is currently being demolished to make way for Blackwall Reach – a luxury property development. … READ MORE

This is a transcript of my paper I presented at the Edge | Situated Practice conference at Here East on Saturday 7th October 2017.  The conference was organised by the UCL Urban Laboratory and the Folkestone Triennial, with additional support from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Slade School of Fine Art. READ MORE

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 a (slightly edited) transcript of a Twitter conversation which stemmed from the guest blog by @Rattlecans entitled Old Space Taken.  The conversation is about memories of living on council estates and anger at what’s happened since…

THEY HAVE HEDGES – WE GET FENCES

Ian:                    This is good http://colouringinculture.org/blog/oldspacetakenREAD 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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Celebrating Jane Jacobs, James Gulliver Hancock, 2016 Celebrating Jane Jacobs, James Gulliver Hancock, 2016

Celebrating Jane Jacobs, James Gulliver Hancock, 2016

Creative placemaking, like its predecessors, new public art and collaborative art, is the soft power weapon of choice for many property developers and councils.  Artists are increasingly complicit: willingly enlisted as the pioneers, the missionaries and the “foot soldiers” of gentrification; the harbingers of redundancy, displacement, social cleansing, colonialism and racism. READ MORE

This is a re-blog of a guest post I wrote on 20th September 2016 for the Balfron Social Club.  An ode to Balfron Tower and its dispossessed residents…

Watch Rab Harling’s film Inversion/Reflection: What Does Balfron Tower Mean To You? irst.  It’s an amazing insight into people displaced from Balfron Tower…

[youtube=://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BPOaQdT5AA&w=854&h=480]… READ MORE