BiographyI am a placemaking, and arts, activism and museums academic and practitioner, and Head of Tate Exchange, Tate’s platform dedicated to socially engaged art. I am author of Arts in Place: The Arts, the Urban and Social Practice (Routledge, 2017), and the co-editor of Creative Placemaking and Beyond (Routledge, 2018), and editor of Placemaking Handbook (Routledge, 2021).
At Tate Exchange, I have developed its specialism in particular in social practice arts, social justice, climate emergency and creative aging through its curation and programming and across international practice and research networks, in the museum and arts sectors.
I speak internationally on topics covering the C21st museum, the civic and activist museum, socially engaged art in community and museum settings and arts and urban design, placemaking and planning.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research interests principally span the arts, the urban and placemaking, in relation to co-production, arts practice and process, civic participation and social movements.
I have published with academic journals including: Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy; Arts and the Public Realm; engage; and Cultural Trends Journal; and spoken at Royal Geographic Society, American Association of Geographers and Arts in Society amongst many others. I have written for Guardian Cities and Culture Professionals Network; Happy City; Times Educational Supplement; AN - Artists News Letter; ArtsProfessional; Frame and Reference; Arts Council England; Conran&Partners; Global Urbanist; and This Big City.
All research news, events and publications can be found via the academia.edu link in the Media section of this profile.
I am an avid Look Up photographer and have an exhibition of such images from over 25 international locations; I am founder of Brighton and Hove Urban Ramblers, a group of 900 people in the city that walk its streets; and instigator of the Modern Brighton and Hove map, a map of the city’s contemporary architecture with a tours and socially engaged arts programme.
I am also co-founder/organiser (with Dr Nicola Headlam) of Academic Archers, a community of fans of BBC Radio 4’s The Archers with more than a passing interest in the lives and issues of Ambridge. Cara and Nicola run the annual Academic Archers conference and have co-edited four books on the programme.