I am a collaborative creative placemaker and arts consultant, writer, researcher, curator and project manager, specialising in visual, live and social practice arts and the urban built environment.
I do all of this as I passionately believe in the arts in society, the citizen’s position as expert in their own place and their right to have their say in what it is like and how it is run; and in the power of creativity in all forms and by all people in the urban realm.
My book Arts in Place: the arts, the urban and social practice as part of the Routledge Research in Culture, Space and Identity Series, has been published and Creative Placemaking and Beyond, with Dr Anita McKeown and also through Routledge, forthcoming at the start of 2018. Projects in development include: a placemaking textbook; placemaking projects that involve big data and VR; continuing my creative placemaking metrics work with Thriving Cities; and local projects across Brighton and Hove and Sussex concerned with participative planning and regeneration.
Read my blog to see what I am up to currently; go to ‘what I do' for info on just that; ‘my work’ to see what I am working on and who I am working with; 'research' for the low-down on my current PhD research and academic life; ‘writing’ for all that is the written word on what I do; 'talks and training' for the portfolio of courses I offer; and 'contact/connect' to email me and see my Twitter, Instagram and Flickr offerings. I am on LinkedIn and Academia.edu.
I have a Doctorate in placemaking, work at Futurecity as a Strategist, am a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Royal Geographical Society, American Association of Geographers, Academician of Academy of Urbanism and member of the Placemaking Leadership Council.
Branding by the great graphics and placemaker-wayfinder, Richard Wolfstrome.