Creative Wales Ambassador Award
During 2015-2016 I will be Arts Council of Wales Creative Ambassador, working with Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales. My international hosts and partners will be Iain Boal and the Retort Collective and the artist Binta Ayofemi, all based in the Bay Area of San Francisco. The focus of this year of work, research and meetings will be about Land – our relationship to its management, potential and cultural socio-economic worth and as a dwindling and mismanaged civic and rural resource – due to privatisation and environmental crisis. Urban regeneration, displacement and capital force is traceable in all our environments, and this year of dedicated research and the commissions I am undertaking all focus on community resources, mobilisation and the role of the artist as a change maker – connecting to other change makers – whether community centre managers, designers, gardeners, social workers or teachers.
More details of these conversations in the US, Scandinavia and Wales will be mapped and blogged about here as the year develops.