Social Works? Funding Announcement

Published: 12 June 2018


The Models of Validation Project is really pleased to announce the funding recipients of the Social Works? programme, which is generously supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Arts Council England, Peckham Platform, The Art House Wakefield, and Heart of Glass.

We would also like to say a massive thank you to all those who took the time and care to apply, and offer any feedback I can. If you applied and would like more detailed feedback please email me at [email protected] and I try to get back to you as soon as I can -  I know from experience this is useful, but rare!

The pieces of commissioned writing and the artist commission will be published in the first edition of the Social Works? Journal, which will be launched at the Social Art Summit in Sheffield on the 1st and 2nd of November, and available online. For more info on the summit see

The Get-Togethers and Workshops will be organised for Autumn this year, with bursaries to attend advertised on the Models of Validation home page. So keep your eyes peeled!



Award Recipients:


Writing Bursaries:

Jen Delos Reyes

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008-2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States. She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an international annual conference on socially engaged art. 

Kerry Morrison

Kerry Morrison is an environmental artist and ecologist who works with processes of walking, talking, listening, drawing, photography, ethnography, data collection, and performance. In 2011 Kerry  co-founded in-situ, a non-for-profit artist led initiative in Pendle, which serves to examine art, environment and culture in the locale of Brierfield, Nelson, and Colne.

R.M. Sánchez-Camus

Marcelo is a creative practitioner who develops works of art in collaboration with community partners. His interests lay in neighbourhood narratives, hidden mythologies, psychogeography, and outdoor interventions. He researches and writes on socially engaged practice and holds a doctorate entitled Applied Live Art. Recent project partners include Freedom Festival in Hull, Elan Valley Trust in Wales, Artangel, People United, and Circolombia. He was born in New York City to parents who emigrated from Chile and lives in London. 

Claire Mead

Claire Mead is a curator, art historian and queer feminist activist working in France and the UK. She is curator in residence at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art where she is co-curating a workshop programme and exhibition around queering the museum collection in collaboration with the local LGBTQI community. She is also a coordinator for the grassroots activist organisation Collectif Archives LGBTQI in Paris campaigning for a public LGBTQI French archive, organising talks, workshops and debates, as well as a programmer for the Paris art organisation Polychrome, delivering screenings and exhibitions around queer and feminist activist practice.

They Are Here

They Are Here (f.2006)  is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker & Harun Morrison. They are currently based in London and on the River Lea. Their work can be read as a series of context specific scenarios. Resisting rigid hierarchy and foregrounding knowledge exchange they seek to create ephemeral systems and temporary, micro-communities that offer an alternate means of engaging with a situation, history or ideology. Institutions they have developed or presented work include: CCA Glasgow, Grand Union, Konsthall C, Southbank Centre, Furtherfield, Studio Voltaire, STUK and Tate Modern. 

Harvey Dimond

Harvey Dimond (b. 1997) is an artist and programmer based in Glasgow. Their interests lie in queer activism, Caribbean identities and the implications of being black in Scotland. They are the co-founder of the People of Colour Society at The Glasgow School of Art, an organisation which aims to empower and platform creatives of colour and challenge institutional racism. In March 2018 they co-curated In Residence, a series of exhibitions and events featuring 40+ artists of colour.

Lauren Velvick

Lauren Velvick is a writer, artist and curator based in the North of England. She is a regular contributor to national and local arts publications and is a Director of contemporary art and writing publication Corridor8. Lauren is custodian of two informal archives and has an ongoing interest in the ethics and labour of archiving and administration.


Get-Together Funding:

Priya Mistry

whatsthebigmistry is artist Priya Mistry, working across-disciplines straddling live art, visual arts, performance and dance. Mistry is an Associate Artist with MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Attenborough Arts, Derby Theatre through the In Good Company Scheme, Artist Member at Chisenhale Dance Space and Social Practice Group Primary, Nottingham. Priya’s Socially Engaged practice involves facilitating creative experiences with public and focused groups, most notably in the field of mental health, inclusion and invisible dis/ability.

Sally Lemsford

Sally Lemsford works with critical engagement within the social context: she uses everyday objects and participatory performance to make temporary relationships with diverse people in their own locality, offering them the opportunity to look afresh at their own space and lives – shared experiences of art as process, art as traces, art as intervention.

Alex Wilde

Alex Wilde is a visual artist who lives and works in Glasgow. She has been involved in projects across Europe focused on creative engagement with people about the communities and places they live. In her practice she often seeks to investigate, frame and encourage critical reflection upon our relationship to food, in particular how it impacts upon the planning and design of communities. Projects are usually site-specific and collaborative, utilising different tools and props to create space for exploration, understanding and response.

Daniel Regan

Daniel Regan is a photographer captivated by the human condition and complex emotions, with his works focusing on themes of wellbeing and the processing of life’s experiences. The thread of intimacy and the desire to connect with others and himself weaves its way throughout his practice. Daniel regularly exhibits, runs arts workshops across both clinical and arts institutions and is the Artistic Director of the arts and wellbeing charity the Free Space Project, based in Camden (London).


Artist-Led Workshops:

Joshua Sofaer

Joshua Sofaer is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation, which he explores through social sculpture, performance, installation, exhibition and publication. Equally as comfortable in the clean white gallery, the dramatic curtained stage of the opera house, the carefully positioned vitrine of the museum, the shared areas of public space, and the domestic personalised rooms of private homes, what draws Sofaer's diverse practices together is a concern with how audiences engage with the world as a place of potentiality 

Amahra Spence

Amahra Spence is a multidisciplinary artist and producer, exploring the ways creative practices can fulfil a service role and how artists can act as catalysts for social change and justice. In 2013, Amahra established MAIA, a production and development company building infrastructure, relationships and platforms to support sustainable creativity in cities. She is currently leading on a number of projects, including the proposal for an artist-led hotel in Birmingham.


Artist Commission:

Les Monaghan

Les is interested in class, community, and representation. Previously a press photographer schooled in unambiguous imagery, he works by deconstructing the documentary method through successive projects; staging photographs with migrants assimilation(2006 – 2008), working with texts, the year long commission Aspirations Doncaster(2014) and the ACE funded The Desire Project(2015 - 2016), collaborating with others and re-contextualising,Relative Poverty (2016 - 2018). Works are often shown on a large scale engaging directly with the public.


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Rebecca Senior Rebecca Senior

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