Stephen Pritchard (Northumbria University)
(im)possible Complicities - Session 3
May 23, 2019
Creative placemaking is a dominant global vehicle for the implementation of neoliberal ideologies like the Creative City and Creative Class. This paper positions creative placemaking as a tool for artwashing social cleansing, dispossession and displacement. It explores how activist art within the context of housing protests and community art as a democratic form of grassroots neighbourhood planning can offer potentially generative, radically different alternatives that can resist appropriation and bring about positive community-led change.
Place guarding is an attempt to describe the collective acts of protecting existing people and places from the ravages of neoliberalism, and from policies and practices such as creative placemaking and artwashing – a means of enacting people’s rights to their cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods that places existing communities at the heart of planning and regeneration rather than displacing them with slow violence of gentrification.