As part of my work as critical friend for Creative People and Places project Super Slow Way, I decided to spend two days exploring as much of the festival as possible. My review focuses on what were, for me, the stand-out exhibitions and explores why it felt like the British Textile Biennial felt like two festivals in one.READ MORE


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This is my paper I presented alongside Cara Courage and Sir Nick Serota at The Coming Community conference at MK Gallery on 24th May 2019. It followed by, overlaps with, and is linked to the keynote I did the previous day in Berlin ( see previous post ).

DEMAND THE IMPOSSIBLE: NEW COMMUNITIES AND CONCRETE HUMAN EXISTENCE

The UK is facing many crises.… READ MORE


This is my keynote paper I presented at (Im)Possible Complicities conference in Berlin on 23rd May 2019… It overlaps intentionally with the paper I presented the following day in Milton Keynes which was entitled Demand the Impossible and will be posted here next.

PLACE GUARDING: AN END TO THE SLOW VIOLENCE OF CREATIVE PLACEMAKING AND GENTRIFICATION?

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I’m very excited to be Super Slow Way’s critical friend. I have been critical of Creative People and Places in the past but have always been intrigued by Super Slow Way – its team and its approach to programming. This is the first blog post about my experiences.

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A PROPERLY CRITICAL CRITICAL FRIEND

Super Slow Way is a Creative People and Places project in Pennine Lancashire.… READ MORE

I came across an amazing thread by the Black Socialists of America (BSA) on Twitter . It is really interesting and aligns with many of my own arguments about artwashing and the instrumentalisation of art and artists. BSA gave me permission to reproduce the thread as a blog post. It is essential reading for anyone involved in arts and cultural activities.READ MORE


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“Culture is ordinary, and culture is everything, as Raymond Williams said. We deliberately use a wide definition of culture to ensure discussion and policy making is not just limited to the arts. Culture for us means all those cultural activities which express our beliefs, values, and interests and which we practise and appreciate collectively for our entertainment, exercise, and enlightenment.… READ MORE

This is a very short response to the acquisition of a part of Robin Hood Gardens by the V&A museum.  An ex-council housing estate, being demolished.  I am horrified that a section will be displayed in the V&A galleries – once the social housing’s been demolished and the working-class residents have been scattered.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 hereOld Space Taken is about a once-strong community, now lost.  Powerful and personal, it’s a must read.READ MORE


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Architects for Social Housing – or Simon Elmer and Geraline Dening – have accused me of trolling and a whole lot of other things.  I have been rethinking my work in recent months and felt it was time to work together with people from a broad range of interests.  To admit I was being too purist. … READ MORE