Speakers Biographies

Rasheed Araeen
is an artist, writer and founding Editor of Third Text He initiated and curated The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, 1989-90; and published his early writing and artworks in a book, Making Myself Visible, Kala Press, 1984. Recently he has been awarded an International Patent for an invention that is both sculpture and watersport. In 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton.

John Roberts is a writer. His books include: Selected Errors, Pluto, 1992; Art Has No History! The Making and Unmaking of Modern Art, ed, Verso 1994; The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography and the Everyday, Manchester University Press, 1998 and The Philistine Controversy (with Dave Beech), Verso 2002. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton

Dr Malcolm Miles is Reader in Cultural Theory at the University of Plymouth. He is author of Urban Avant-Gardes (2004) and Art, Space & the City (1997), and co-editor of the City Cultures Reader (2nd edition 2003) and of Urban Futures (2003). He is currently researching the built and social architectures of utopia. 

Becky Shaw is an artist, projects have included: The Generosity Project for Kunstprijs Amstelveen; a re-production of an ultramarine factory using leisure activity as opposed to hard labour, for Grizedale Arts; a harnessing of exercisers’ energy to power a commercial cappuccino bar in Stratford Gallery and Visitors Centre; and an investigation of pragmatism and idealism in education for the ICIA, University of Bath. www.static-ops.org

Tim Butler is Reader in Human Geography at King's College, London. He has worked on the gentrification of London over the last twenty years and is the author of two books on this: Gentrification and the Middle Classes (1987) and (with Garry Robson) London Calling (2003). He previously worked at the University of East London and edited a journal Rising East: the Journal of East London Studies. He has a longstanding interest in the issues of urban regeneration and is particularly interested in the consequences of gentrification for social mixing particularly in relation to issues of social class, gender and ethnicity.

Hewitt & Jordan are artists who work collaboratively. Recent projects include NO RESPECT (reworkings of unrealized public art projects), Dublin, The Economic Function, Public Art Forum, The Americans Are Coming, Artranspennine03, STRIKE, curated by Gavin Wade, SHOWFLAT Artsheffield03, 'I Won an Artist in a Raffle', Public Art Forum conference 03.

Charles Landry founded COMEDIA in 1978 after education in Germany, Italy and the UK, and a background in forecasting and economics. He has worked in over 20 countries and undertaken over 180 assignments for national governments, international agencies and local authorities in the UK and abroad. His specialisms are strategic policy development, the economics of innovation, and city futures. His most recent publication is Culture at the Crossroads: Culture and Cultural Institutions at the Beginning of the 21st Century (with Marc Pachter) and The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators.

Dave Beech is an artist and writer who was a prominent member of the young London art scene in the years following the yBa explosion. He worked closely with BANK in seminal exhibitions such as Zombie Golf, Cocaine Orgasm, BANKTV and Dog-u-mental. His work has been exhibited widely across Europe and the USA, including Tate Modern (in Century City). He contributed to the Matthew Higgs’ Bookworks project, Seven Wonders of the World, and to Kenny Schachter’s conTEMPorary Gallery, New York, as well as Gavin Wade’s STRIKE exhibition.

Claire Fox is the director of the Institute of Ideas (IoI), which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. Claire initiated the IoI while co-publisher of the controversial and ground-breaking current affairs journal LM magazine (formerly Living Marxism). The IoI has since worked with a variety of prestigious institutions in Britain and abroad. Claire is a panelist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education and the media on TV and radio.

Simon Poulter works on and offline as an artist. His work is highly derivative, iconoclastic in nature and humorous. Recent projects include ID Card Challenge, Axis of Evil, Stansted Watercolours and Ch'an Metal. He has been commissioned widely throughout the UK. Poulter is a founder member of PVA MediaLab, an artist focused organisation developing interdisciplinary projects with digital technologies. Examples of his work can be seen at http://www.viral.info

Supported by Creative Partnerships Black Country, The New Art Gallery  Walsall, Arts Council England West Midlands, Black Country Tourism.

We would like to thank all the young people and teaching staff from Castle School, Deansfield High School, The Kings CofE School, George Salter High School and Tividale High School. Thanks also to all the staff at NAGW, the Creative Friends and Creative Partnerships Black Country. 

Thanks to: the Futurology artists, Rebecca Owen (Futurology Education Manager), Nick Slater (ACE West Midlands), Black Country Tourism, University of Wolverhampton, Roz Hall (Evaluation), Michelle Cotton (Futurology research), Ceri Hand (FACT, project observer), Pat Nesbitt (design and print). IKEA.
Thanks to the speakers at the two day event James Heartfield, Sylvia King, (the pUBLIC), Sarah Middleton, (Black Country Regeneration), Sophie Churchill, (Regen West Midlands), Esther Leslie, Sian Lincoln, Matthew Biagetti (Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council).

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