Art & Class: Speakers

Dave O’Brien

Dave O’Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries, based in the School of History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Cultural Policy: Management, Value and Modernity in the Creative Industries (2014) and the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy (2017), Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies: Cultural Policy (2017) and After Urban Regeneration (2015). He was a Parliamentary Academic Fellow during 2018, working with the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee; and is currently supporting the Performers’ Alliance APPG with their inquiry on social mobility into performing arts jobs. He was lead investigator on Who is missing from the picture? an AHRC-funded Creative Economy project that published the Panic! report on inequality in cultural and creative jobs, audiences, and wider British society.

Laura Robertson & Mike Pinnington

Laura Robertson is a writer, critic and editor based in Liverpool and London. She has been published in Frieze, Elephant, Hyperallergic, Art Monthly, ArtReview and a-n amongst others; is a co-founder and contributing editor at The Double Negative online magazine (since 2011); is a critical writer-in-residence at Open Eye Gallery; and part of the 2018-20 MA Writing cohort at the Royal College of Art.

Mike Pinnington is writer based in Liverpool and the co-founder and full-time editor of The Double Negative. He has been published most recently by Art Review, Ocula and byNWR. From 2013-2018 he held the role of Content Editor at Tate Liverpool, working with the exhibitions and communications teams to deliver the galleries’ interpretation, web content, and in-house zine, Compass.

William Titley

William Titley is an artist and is the co-founder and director of In-Situ, a non-profit arts organisation based in Brierfield, Lancashire. An MMU PhD candidate, his research analyses social artistic processes from the perspective of the artist, adding to debates around what social practice is, and what its limits are in its original social context. He is Senior Lecturer / Course Leader for MA Fine Art at UCLan.

Rebecca Davies

Rebecca Davies is a social artist with a deeply embedded practice that uses illustration, performance and event, collaboratively and to communicate politics and concern around issues such as housing injustice and the closure of our social spaces. Rebecca advocates for people led change and works with community members to transform ideas into creative action.
Rebecca graduated from the RCA Communication Art and Design course in 2010. She has delivered community programmes with Turner Contemporary, South London Gallery and for 3 years with Whitechapel Gallery.
Rebecca runs The People’s Bureau with Eva Sajovic. Their film Unearthing Elephant received the AHRC award for Research in Film in 2017. Her project The Oasis Social Club represented GB during the Mons Euro Capital of Culture 2015 and toured to Stoke On Trent, Preston and Hull. She is from Elephant & Castle in London, and moved to Stoke On Trent in 2016 to work on The Portland Inn Project with Anna Francis and residents of Portland Street and negotiate the community asset transfer of a derelict pub building.

Marlene Smith

Marlene Smith is an artist who curates. She joined the Blk Art Groups in 1982 and exhibited widely during the 1980’s. She has been director of WEMAS in Birmingham and The Black Art Gallery in London, worked at the African & Asian Visual Artists’ Archive, and led the Public Gallery in West Bromwich. She is an Associate Artist at Modern Art Oxford and works with artist Lubaina Himid and curator Christine Eyene at the Making Histories Visible archive based at UCLan in Preston where she is also a PhD candidate at IBAR (Institute for Black Atlantic Research).

Denise Courcoux

Denise Courcoux is an arts writer based in Merseyside. Her interests include issues of class in the arts, popular culture in visual art, and artist-curators. She has written for publications including The Double Negative, Corridor8 and The University of Manchester’s Institute for Cultural Practices blog. She is one of The Double Negative’s Fellows for 2018, and her commissioned piece on Liverpool’s public art is due to be published in a forthcoming book. Denise has worked in museums and galleries for over ten years, and has an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies. Denise will be documenting the event.

Read her write up here

Watch the films of the event here

Read more about the event Art & Class: Is everyone welcome?

Read more about the previous event in the series; looking at the under representation of women in national and public art collections: Imbalance Redressed

Dave O’Brien  © Jackie jones

Laura Robertson & Mike Pinnington  © Jackie jones

William Titley   © Denise Swanson

Rebecca Davies  © Jackie jones

Marlene Smith   © Jackie jones