Stephen Pritchard is an independent academic, researcher, community artist, arts manager, activist, art historian, writer, curator, critical friend and filmmaker. He lectures internationally and has written several book chapters. His work focuses on issues including community art, community development and cultural development, artwashing, activist art, self-organising, creative placemaking, culture-led regeneration, art in urban contexts, and arts and health. He works as a senior manager at Helix Arts, with several Creative People and Places programmes, with Great Place Schemes, and many other cultural and community development initiatives. He works with communities to co-produce large format murals. Stephen wonders whether Street Art is in the formative stages of a “community turn” – a shift that reconnects it to its roots as a deeply communal, shared practice.

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