Writing a manifesto was one of Dan Thompson’s first acts as an artist and he has since written several more including one about using empty shops, and The Paying Artists Manifesto for Artist-Led Work that showed how artists working with their own ecology, economy and excitement ‘make the world around them better’. He explores the history of artists’ manifestos and shares advice and tips on how to write your own.
Dan is an award-winning social artist, writer, and speaker living in Margate.
His work is about people and places, and the stories that connect them. He is interested in the creation of social capital, in activating abandoned or underused spaces, and in DIY approaches to art, culture and social action. Dan often starts work with a crowdsourced exploration of a place, or with archives or collections relating to a place or topic. His work often touches on themes of migration in the UK.
"DT is a visionary, an artist with a heartfelt sense of what matters in the real world, and the gumption to make it happen, not once but often. It's unusual to spend time with Dan and not to come away inspired."
John-Paul Flintoff, journalist and author of How To Change The World
"Dan's art practice reflects social and cultural themes found by working with the local communities. The results are both democratic and critically challenging for audience and participants alike."
Julia Riddiough Founder A Brooks Art www.abrooksart.com