Creative collaborations


Key to my research is collaboration and engagement with creative practitioners, organizations and institutions as part of the research process. I also regularly collaborate with other academics on research, writing and arts projects.

I have worked with a number of individual artists on everything from artists’ books, to participatory arts projects as well as exhibitions, texts, and  grant applications. This includes the project insites with artist Annie Lovejoy, and research with Amy Houghton into the turn of the century explorer Gertrude Benham. I am currently collaborating with geographer/sound artist Anja Kanngieser to produce a piece of sound art about climate change and with artist Flora Parrott on experiences of the underground. My AHRC Leadership Fellowship ‘Creating Earth Futures’ includes an 18 month artist residency programme with artist Helen Scalway.

Believing in the importance of this kind of work, I have been leading the way in supervising PhDs that see a wide range of creative practitioners bringing together their practice and geographical ideas. These creative geographers include, designers, artists, writers, curators such as Nelly Ben Hayoun, Miriam Burke, Rupert Griffiths, Ben Murphy, Amy CutlerJareh Das, Lucy Mercer, Tania El Khoury and Hattie Coppard.

Recently I have been developing collaborations with arts organizations and local communities that concern the individual and collective re-imagining (and sometimes bringing about) of alternative social and environmental futures by way of creative practices. One of these collaborations, funded by the AHRC, involves ongoing work with Furtherfield digital media arts organization. Working in collaboration with Tate Local, this project concerns the use of drawing and video game design and play for creating socially engaged citizens who participate in re-imagining the futures of their urban environments. A second project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, involves an ongoing collaboration with Swiss Artists-in-Labs to explore art-science and methods of public engagement with science.

I have also collaborated with a series of other organizations and institutions to develop commissions and curate exhibitions. These include the Institute for International Visual Arts, Tate Britain, The Royal Geographical Society, PVA Media and the Art-Science Museum Singapore.

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Creativity… the cover

20 February 2016

I have finally resubmitted the text for the Creativity volume I am writing in Routledge’s “Key Ideas” series. We have recently been working on the cover for the text. It…


You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography

1 January 2015

It is worth checking out “You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography” for a collection of interesting creative responses to geographic topics. Produced by the graduate students of the…

Cultural Geographies of Play Your Place

Cultural Geographies of Play Your Place@Tate

19 January 2014

Working with Ruth Catlow from the digital media arts organisation Furtherfield, I was recently awarded a small AHRC grant, from London’s Creative Works, Creative voucher scheme to work on the…