Revolutionary Art’s founder and partner Dan Thompson is a social artist and writer living in Margate. His work is about people and places. He is interested in the creation of social capital, in abandoned or underused spaces, and in DIY approaches to art, culture and social action.
Dan is the author of Pop Up Business For Dummies. In 2012, he was included in the Time Out and Hospital Club’s Culture 100, a list of the most inspiring and influential people in the UK’s creative industries. Dan has used empty shops for 13 years, and he is now a recognised expert on the reuse of empty shops, and on how to create a pop up shop, and runs the Empty Shops Network.
He also started #riotcleanup, after the August 2011 riots in London. That project inspired the Nesta-funded #wewillgather, which usedsocial media for social good. For this work, he has been singled out by David Cameron as an example of great British leadership.
Dan has provided advice and support to projects across the UK, and spoken at workshops, festivals and seminars across the country, and in Holland, Italy and Australia. He has worked for Revolutionary Arts on projects with Unilever, RIBA, Appetite, Renew Australia, the Transported Creative People & Places programme, Place NI, vInspired, University of the Arts, Spacemakers and Yell.
With a diverse background that includes theatre, information management and public service regulation he has acquired a unique, in-depth and practical understanding of the social web and building rich relationships online and off-. Having founded London’s highly influential Tuttle Club which regularly attracts the UK’s brightest social media thinkers and doers, Lloyd writes, speaks and consults about these uses of social technology.
Recent work includes Social Artist in Residence at the University of London’s Centre for Creative Collaboration and #hackthebarbican – a month-long cultural intervention at London’s Barbican Centre. For Revolutionary Arts, Lloyd has been a collaborator on projects across the UK including Workshop 24, Made in Worthing, Bedford Happy, and was a key member of the small group which created #wewillgather – a web service for organising good things in local communities.
A Fine Art (Painting) graduate, she has delivered a wide range of projects, including large-scale murals for the Greenhouse, an environmental education centre in Worthing; a series of mock Greek frescoes on plaster for a restaurant; and over 200 metres of murals in youth clubs and public spaces, painted with young people. She founded the Worthing Art Trail, which became a trail of artist’s open houses and studios across Worthing and the Horsham district.
Her own painting practice has seen her exhibit in London, Brighton, Canterbury, Horsham and Worthing.
He is currently collaborating with Revolutionary Arts on the Summer of Colour Observatory.