Category Projects

Bedford Happy

The Office for National Statistics revealed in 2013 that Bedford is the unhappiest town in the country, so on the unhappiest day of 2014, Bedford Happy was launched. Bedford Creative Arts commissioned Dan Thompson to create a town-wide artwork, to take place on Saturday 29th March 2014. In the run up, he was based in Studio […]

Pier Day

‘After living here all my life (63 years) this is THE BEST experience I’ve had on this lovely pier.’ Working in partnership with Worthing Borough Council, Revolutionary Arts devised and delivered this annual event. The last event was held in 2010, when things took a vintage turn under the curatorial hand of Dan Thompson. Make […]

Work in empty shops

These are projects run by Revolutionary Arts under the the Empty Shops Network banner. The network is sometimes commissioned to run projects, and has worked across the UK with partners like vInspired, Retail Trust, the Culture Quarter Programme, Development Trusts Association, Meanwhile Project, Royal Opera House, South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust, Woodard’s The Littlehampton Academy and […]

Seven Days in Seven Dials

The Culture Quarter Programme providing real jobs for young people in major institutions in London like the Royal Opera House, Somerset House, National Portrait Gallery and The Hospital Club. The team behind the programme wanted to bring together the diverse groups of young people, with their different experiences, skills and understanding of the city, to […]

Coast cafe branding

When Coast cafe opened on the beach at Worthing, they wanted a bold, artist-made sign which could be used as their branding. The original sign was handpainted by Revolutionary Art’s Dan Thompson in 2008. It used heavy pine boards from the Ice prince shipwreck, and a chunky font inspired by old letterpress which was intended […]

Pop Up People

In January 2012, Revolutionary Arts published Pop Up People, a report into the pop up movement and the people behind it. The report was based on visits to towns and cities across England, and a series of workshops, and a trip to Rotterdam. It was made possible with the help of some crowd funding and an Arts Council England […]

Empty Shops Network

The Empty Shops Network was set up to help people restore, revive and reinvent the high street – based on Revolutionary Arts work to bring empty shops into more creative use. The Empty Shops Network  has encouraged prototyping, testing and reinvention of the redundant spaces in the UK’s town centres. It’s done that by providing: […]

Queen of the High Street

When Revolutionary Arts hit the road for the Pop Up People action research project, we found that many of the people saving Britain’s town centres by filling empty shops were women. They were juggling their role as a guerilla urbanist with family, or another job, or a handful of other community projects. Queen of the […]

100 Views of Worthing Pier

In 2010, Revolutionary Arts commissioned Alice Angus from Proboscis Studios to draw Worthing Pier. We got more than we expected. Alice visited Worthing Pier on a number of occasions, even bringing a kayak to get underneath the pier and to open up views from the sea. She completed over 100 drawings, and took phtographs and […]

50 Ideas For Worthing

In 2011, Revolutionary Arts turned the annual Made In Worthing festival into a pop up thinktank and invited artists and academics, community organisers and creative businesses to get together, walk the town and think about a different future. The ideas were an antidote to what Jane Jacobs called ‘the doctrine of salvation by brick’, and […]