Gill Golding is an urban photographer who completed an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her visual research interests lie in the field of post-industrial cities, particularly with an emphasis on regeneration, gentrification, sustainability and more recently, the hyperreal. Her choice of walking as a research methodology allows her to encounter landscapes through an embodied practice, creating a dialogic relationship with the environment that encourages a critical approach to her work. Gill is a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, is Education Director of the Urban Photographers Association, Organiser of the International Urban Photography Summer School and is a member of the Executive Board of the International Visual Sociology Association. Gill is a former headteacher who has worked in all sectors of education and remains committed to creating education and learning opportunities. For more information: www.gillgoldingphotography.com
Susan Hansen is Chair of the Visual and Arts-based Methods Group in the Department of Psychology at Middlesex University, London. She has research interests in viewers’ material engagements with, and affective responses to, street art and graffiti; in the analysis of street art and graffiti as a form of visual dialogue; and in the promise of an archaeological approach to understanding uncommissioned independent public art. Susan convenes Art on the Streets, an annual symposium held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and is Editor of Nuart Journal.
David Kendall’s practice explores how spatial, economic and design initiatives, as well as participatory practices, combine to encourage social and spatial interconnections or dissonance in cities. His photographic, film and site-specific projects have been exhibited and presented at festivals, museums, cultural and academic institutions including: The British Library, London, UK, Jüdische Museum Berlin, Germany, Centro Cultural Manuel Gómez Morín, Santiago de Querétaro, Mexicó, Tate Britain, London, UK, Akademin Valand, Göteborg, Sweden, Culturgest, Lisboa, Portugal and the University of Oxford, UK. Kendall is a visiting research fellow within the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. www.david-kendall.co.uk
Caroline Knowles is professor of sociology at Goldsmiths and the director of the British Academy’s Cities and Infrastructure Programme. She currently holds a major Leverhulme Fellowship ‘Serious Money’ which explores the ways in which the very wealthy are impacting London. She is the author of many books and articles, most recently Flip-Flop: a journey through globalisation’s backroads published by Pluto Press (2014).
Stephen Pritchard is an independent academic, art historian, critical theorist, activist, writer, curator and community artist. His interdisciplinary approach to research is grounded in postcritical ethnography, radical art history, Frankfurt School Critical Theory and Critical Urban Theory. He has presented papers internationally, lectures widely and his writing has been widely published. He is a co-organiser for the Movement for Cultural Democracy and co-founder of Art Not Arms, Artists Against Social Cleansing and the Socially Engaged and Participatory Arts Network. He is also currently working as a critical friend for Super Slow Way – a Creative People and Places project and as lead artist on a project in ‘Category D’ pit villages in North East England for Northern Heartlands Great Place project.
Rainbow Collective is a unique production company, formed as a social enterprise and committed to raising awareness on issues of human and childrens’ rights through powerful cinematic documentaries and have collaborated with Amnesty International, The Consortium For Street Children, War On Want, TRAID, Labour Behind The Label, International Labor Rights Forum and many others.
In addition to our own production work, we have run and facilitated numerous youth training schemes, the results of which have been screened in the House of Commons, the House of Lords, The BFI, The Equality and Human Rights Commission and at film festivals across the UK. Our youth projects have won 3 National Into Film Awards and a United Nations Awards.
Alison Rooke is a Senior Lecture in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths and Director of Art of Regeneration Ltd, a social research consultancy. Alison is interested in the instrumentality and governmentality of arts and cultural urban intervention and the uses of art and artists in contexts of spatial injustice. She has an extensive track record in working creatively and collaboratively with local and national government, and cross-sectoral stakeholders in the culture and heritage sector on a national, European and International scale. These projects have focused on the uneven impact of urban regeneration and local governance, active citizenship, queer space, participatory urban planning and social arts practice.