Substantial redevelopment of the five London 2012 Olympics host boroughs has already begun, irrevocably altering them and the artistic life that they are home to. The process will be familiar to many artists and arts organisations directly affected by regeneration agendas elsewhere in the UK. Conversely artists can also be amongst the key players in regeneration schemes, working directly with the communities involved.
We have asked along a selection of participants working directly with these themes to be part of the discussion:
Malcolm Dickson, Director, Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow
Malcolm is a curator, writer and organiser. Street Level Photoworks takes an integrated approach to programming and aims to connect exhibitions with public engagement through various activities; an audience development programme aimed at hard-to-reach groups; and in developing collaborations with artists and communities in Glasgow which are subject to various regeneration schemes.
Synthia Griffin, Curator: Regeneration & Community Partnerships, Tate Modern
Synthia's role involves co-ordinating the departments work on community involvement and regeneration issues and leading on the delivery of projects. She is currently responsible for managing and developing a series of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, including having a central role in the development of policy and strategy and co-ordination of aspects of the planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes.
Robin Bale, artist and writer, London
Robin makes improvised spoken word pieces, agit-prop posters and assorted texts, sometimes as a member of the 'WE ARE BAD' collective; frequently on the subject of the erasure of memory caused by gentrification. He has been a sceptical participant in several art and regeneration projects.
public works, artists and architects collective, London
public works have been collaborating in different constellations since 1999. Current members are architects Andreas Lang and Torange Khonsari and artists Kathrin Böhm and Polly Brannen. public works' projects include participatory public realm design schemes, interdisciplinary debate and publications.