Dan Thompson

Social ArtistWriter | Designer | Consultant


  • Your England Poetry collection (Chalk Line Press, 2019)
  • The Dreamland Trilogy A social history of Pleasure Gardens, circus, and Dreamland, Margate (Dreamland, 2019)
  • Paying Artists Manifesto (a-n, 2016)
  • It’s All About The Road (published by Appetite, June 2015)
  • Pop Up Shops For Dummies (published Wiley, October 2012)
  • Columns and features for Guardian, Independent, a-n Magazine, Mailout, New Start, Computer Arts, Folksy, Mollie Makes, Worthing Herald, The Argus
  • Text for Keith Brymer Jones exhibition Absent Tribes (British Ceramics Biennial, 2019)
  • Essay The Caravan Gallery’s ‘Is Britain Great? 3′.

Talks & Workshops

Art, culture, regeneration

  • Art City conference, Stoke on Trent (2019)
  • Assembly Margate – a-n (2017)
  • Renew Australia – Creating Spaces Conference, Newcastle NSW (2013)
  • Creatief Met Leegstand Festival, Rotterdam (2012)
  • Arts Council England State of the Arts Conference (2012)
  • Buurt Flirt, Rotterdam (2011)
  • PLACE NI, Belfast (2010)
  • RIBA’s Guerilla Tactics (2009)
  • Spacemakers at Brixton Village (2009)

Leadership, entrepreneurship

  • All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference (APAC), Galway (2016)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week, Portsmouth (2013)
  • Unilever – Household Cleaning Forum, Stresa, Italy (2012)
  • Unilever – Household Cleaning Forum, London (2012)
  • Sussex Police Leader’s Conference – keynote speaker (2011)
  • Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs (2012)

Social action, activism

  • Troublemakers’ Festival, Swansea (2017)
  • Festival of Love, Southbank Centre (2014)
  • Little Big Peace Festival, Streatham (2012)
  • Greenbelt Festival (2011)
  • V Inspired – Team V programme (2011-2012)
  • Engage International Conference (2011)

Work In Education

Delivering projects, mentoring, group work, talks


University of the Arts, Central St Martins, Middlesex University, Southampton Solent University, The Littlehampton Academy, Midhurst Rother Academy, Worthing High School, Heene First School



BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, CNN, ABC, Radio 4, The Independent, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Evening Standard, The Stylist, Coast Magazine, BBC Radio Scotland



  • Time Out and the Hospital Club – The Culture 100
  • Observer Ethical Awards – shortlist
  • The Independent – Happy List 2012
  • Winner Coast Awards 2011 ‘Unsung Coastal Hero’
  • Mayor of London – Team London Award 2011
  • Listed in Twitter’s 2011 Year In Review for #riotcleanup
  • Named in GQ ‘100 Most Influential Men In Britain’ 
  • The Independent – Independent Voices 2011, Runner up

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