It was an honour to be invited to speak at The Art Conference, it was an incredible and inspiring event!
Organised by Tina Ziegler, the conference took place on the 23/24 July and hosted 30 international key note speakers at The Ugly Duck building in Bermondsey. I exhibited my estate agent signs and presented my work at the conference on the Sunday, participating in a panel discussion hosted by Doug Gillen of Fifth Wall TV.
I talked about how my work has responded to the issues surrounding the housing crisis, what motivates me as an artist and how that connects with the processes I choose and the work I make. I explored the question of whether art with a political focus can have a real impact on social change.
I was especially inspired by Mia Grondahl who created Women on Walls in Egypt, to give a platform to female graffiti artists: 'WOW uses graffiti to talk about women and women's rights, with the aim to contribute to the empowerment of the Arab woman'. Her story of the women involved in WOW was mind blowing. Charlotte Webster of Human Nature was equally inspiring, she has created an organisation which brings together artists whose work highlights environmental issues. Dan Witz, a street artist from New York talked about his work and how it has changed over the past three decades, he has worked with Amnesty International, it was wonderful to see exquisite detailed painting out on the streets. There was an excellent installation by Maser, and a beautiful light/text artwork by Robert Montgomery on display.