Natural capital gets lots of air time because banks – in their ongoing quest to own the world – like to invest. Social capital? Not so much. They’re so tricky, humans, aren’t they – with their foibles and need to be treated humanely? Dan Thompson bangs the drum on behalf of all of us. He is expert at unlocking potential in people and places that are ignored. If he was in the private sector he’d have a knighthood!
Lucy Siegle, Eco writer, founder Observer Ethical Awards, broadcaster, The One Show
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 Thompson showed the best of Britain by helping organise the clean-up operation after last summer’s riots.
David Cameron, Prime Minister
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
Our relationship with Dan goes back many years, initially to Worthing and Shoreham where, as an artist, collector, activist and organiser, he booked The Caravan Gallery to participate in various cultural events. These were frequently curtailed due to bad weather, our involvement being the obvious cause.
This has not stopped us collaborating over the years in various parts of the country, at festivals and on empty shop projects, where Dan’s knowledge, enthusiasm and love of ‘characterful’ B&Bs is second to none.
We look forward to the next time, but can’t promise there won’t be torrential rain.
The Caravan Gallery
Fervent anti-UKIP activist