Photo by Rob Orchard.

Photo by Rob Orchard.

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 and cultural masterplanning. 

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 public realm. 

My book Arts in Place: the arts, the urban and social practice was published in 20017 as part of the Routledge Research in Culture, Space and Identity Series, and Creative Placemaking and Beyond, with Dr Anita McKeown, will be out with Routledge in Spring 2018. For an overview of how I work, take a look at my TEDxIndianapolis talk. 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 projects 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 research and academic portfolio; ‘writing’ for all that is my written word; 'lectures 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

I have a Doctorate in placemaking, work at Tate as Head of Tate Exchange, 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 and International Council of Musseums. 

Branding by the great graphics and placemaker-wayfinder, Richard Wolfstrome