Category Projects

Creative Networks in Swale and Medway

‘Everything starts with a conversation’ is the idea that underpins the work of Revolutionary Arts. And a series of 15 events across Sittingbourne, Rochester and Chatham will prove that conversations work. The events will be hosted by social artists Dan Thompson and Lloyd Davis. They’ve been commissioned by the Recreate project as part of a wider programme which […]

From the Archives: Worthing Arts Manifesto

Going back through the Revolutionary Arts archives, we sometimes find a forgotten gem. Here’s something we wrote to place the arts, heritage and creative industries at the heart of Worthing: A Manifesto for the Arts in Worthing Written by Dan Thompson Published by the Revolutionary Arts Group Introduction In October 2000, the Revolutionary Arts Group […]

London Road commission: #chumbrella

Inspired by the act of sharing an umbrella with a stranger, artist Sarah Nadin imagined a place where a distinctive hashtagged umbrella was a sign that the person was willing to share it with a stranger.  #chumbrella is a yellow and white design, the umbrella split in half rather than the more conventional segments, produced in a […]

The Britpop Show

Twenty years on, what did Britpop really mean? The musical movement started in the early 1990s, and this stage show brought together three people who were there; Dodgy’s drummer Mathew Priest, Paul Weller bassist and former Blow Up DJ Andy Lewis, and artist, former roadie and ex-Blow Up tour DJ Dan Thompson. Around a box of 7″ […]

Face Up!

50 years ago on Margate Sands, the mods and rockers clashed. The events were immortalised in the film Quadrophenia, which moved them to Brighton. To celebrate the anniversary, the Revolutionary Arts decks were dusted off and DJs Happiness Dan, Andy Lewis and Stockie played a mixed selection of Mod tunes, classic soul, psych and Northern […]

London Road

Stoke’s London Road connects the buzzing, active communities of Boothen, West End and Oakhill to the town centre along a long, straight road that’s full of history, unusual buildings, old architectural features and public spaces waiting to be brought to life. And it’s where Revolutionary Arts founder Dan Thompson will spend the next year as artist-in-residence for the […]

Summer of Colour Observatory

Margate’s Summer of Colour is a programme of arts activity built around the town’s Turner Contemporary and their 2014 exhibition of the work of Mondrian. The Summer of Colour Observatory project is a mobile intervention, which will be unpacked at various events to create a conversation and gather useful information about the audience. Packed into 2-3 brightly coloured vintage […]

Dreamland Margate

Dreamland is a closed amusement park in Margate, where Revolutionary Arts is based. The park has a battered history and under the stewardship of a local charity it is set to reopen in spring 2015 as a heritage amusement park. To mark the symbolic moment when the charity received the keys to the site, the Dreamland Trust […]


#wewillgather helped people to get together to do good things. The site was a joint project between Revolutionary Arts and Fresh Egg, funded with £100,000 from Nesta’s Innovation In Giving programme, and was inspired by August 2011’s #riotcleanup. It was launched in August 2012, exactly 12 months after #riotcleanup. The #wewillgather website was closed in May 2014, […]

Know Your Own

How can you remind people that they don’t need to go to London, because there are a wealth of museums, attractions and heritage buildings on their own doorstep? Know Your Own set out to do that, creating a game played by schoolchildren across the Isle of Thanet. A mysterious locked trunk, found in a vintage […]