The Urbanism Hours are virtual lunch time events that explore a given theme through two presentations and a Q&A.
For January's Urbanism Hour, we will be exploring the world of Arts & Culture, picking up the theme of Everyone's an Urbanist. We'll be joined Bounce Culture's Kwame Daniels, who coordinated the incredible Cultural Programme at the Academy's 2022 Congress in Belfast; and Mark Clack, co-founder of Wood Street Walls, winners of the Great Street Award in 2017.
Kwame is a Producer and Broadcaster, but at the heart, a music loving DJ and creative with a passion for storytelling through beats, chords, and lyrics. He is also CEO of Bounce Culture, a non- profit organisation using creative digital technology to aid personal development and skills training, primarily assisting people and communities facing disadvantage. Spanning 20 years Kwame has amassed vast experience working alongside the likes of Emmy nominee Hannah Peel to critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kaidi Tatham. Kwame has curated, produced, and directed events including projects with Radio 1 and MTV to Citi Group & UNESCO, impacting over 100,000 attendees across U.K and Ireland to East and West Africa.
Mark is the co-founder of Wood Street Walls, an organisation base in North East London that was setup in response to Artist Workspace Study in 2015 by the GLA, due the lack of affordable artist workspace in London.
Formed in 2015, Wood Street Walls uses the power of creativity to help improve health and wellbeing outcomes through public art and murals within the communities the organization lives and works in Wood Street, the recipient of The AoU Great Street's Award in 2017. Now in their seventh year, the organisation has helped produce, curate and commission over 170 murals in the London area, as well as further afield in Jersey and in 2023 North Tyneside with Helix Arts.
In his talk, Mark will cover the topic of storytelling, sustainability and explain how Wood Street Walls has started to use Placeguarding in contrast to "Placemaking" to help existing communities, businesses, individuals and groups to positively contribute to the place they call home or ply their trade.
Photograph of Eelus's Trip the Light Fantastic courtesy of Wood Street Walls.
This session will be chaired by Vestalia Chilton, AoU Academician and Director of Kensington & Chelsea Art Week.
This event is virtual and will take place via Zoom. The link will be sent to ticket holders in advance of the event.
Thumbnail photo by David Kennedy / Place Images, taken in Belfast during AoU Congress 2022