Estate Agency


Friday, 28 April 2017 - Saturday, 6 May 2017

Campbell Works is delighted to present Estate Agency, a new project by Anna Francis with:

Rebecca Davies
Nicola Winstanley
Penny Vincent


Anna Francis - Estate Agency

Estate Agency Opening Night                          Friday 28th April 2017 6.00-9.00pm


Relocation / Symposium Event                        Saturday 29th April 2017 11.00am-5.00pm


Family Event                                                    Sunday 30th April 11.00am - 4.00pm


Estate Agency Open / Conveyancing Forum.  Wednesday 3rd May 11.00am-5.00pm


Estate Agency Open                                        Thursday 4th May 11.00am-5.00pm


Estate Agency Open                                        Friday 5th May 11.00am-5.00pm


Estate Agency After Hours / A Bannquet         Friday 5th May 7.00-10.00pm


Estate Agency Open / Artist Soup Kitchen.      Saturday 6th May 12.00-5.00pm







Estate Agency is a project exploring systems of culture led regeneration, via exhibitions in Stoke-on-Trent and London, plus a symposium and series of discussion events. It asks 'If councils and governments now recognise the value of arts and culture in developing places, what happens to these places, their communities and the cultural protagonists involved in the process, post-development?' The project looks to two cities, with very different fortunes; via the closure of one cultural organisation 'Campbell Works' in London, to be transformed into an estate agency.

The project aims to consider the experience of many London based artists and arts organisations, where the places and spaces they have been involved in developing are no longer viable and sustainable places to remain, due to rising costs and the want of ring fencing of cultural space within development contexts. The second part of the project involves hosting a reception agency in Stoke-on-Trent, providing a service for incoming artists.

In line with much of Anna's recent work, Estate Agency explores the impact of art and artists on the regeneration of places, and takes the form of a temporary intervention, which aims to raise questions and begin conversations around the processes of development.

Anna is a director at AirSpace gallery, Stoke-on-Trent and Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University. Anna was recently commissioned by The Portland Street Community Group and the British Ceramics Biennial, to deliver a 4 week programme of activity with artist Rebecca Davies, exploring the viability of a derelict pub in Stoke-on-Trent, as a community hub and art space. This successful project is leading to the development of a community led business plan to develop the pub permanently. Anna has lead on the AirSpace gallery Spode Rose Garden project since 2013 - which has seen the gallery develop a derelict garden into a beautiful green outdoor art space for the town of Stoke, working with partners Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

For Estate Agency, Anna and AirSpace have partnered with Campbell Works in London, the creative partnership of artists Neil Taylor & Harriet Murray. Their studio practice extends to running an artist led gallery space, initiating and curating art projects, and undertaking a wide range of public realm interventions. Their exciting projects within their gallery in North Hackney, as well as series of high profile public realm interventions make them well placed to host this project, as they see creative neighbours and friends leaving London, due to rising costs.


The Project:

Through a series of creative 'shifts' undertaken by a team of Estate Agents, the project will focus around artists being priced out of London, but will also engage with the impacts of development on communities. Estate Agency will be set up initially as a high street estate agents, but instead of showing local properties, and development opportunities local to Stoke Newington, all of the properties for sale or to let will be in Stoke-on-Trent, this will include both residential and artist studio provision. The Estate Agents are artists Anna Francis, Rebecca Davies and Nic Winstanley and Community Development specialist Penny Vincent. 

Campbell Works is located in Stoke Newington, an area of London where currently the rate of change and development is frighteningly fast. To give context, the popular Church Street, Stoke Newington includes 7 high class estate agencies, all within a stone's throw of each other. These Estate Agencies vary in terms of their design, but all show relatively local properties. The Campbell Works Estate Agency will talk about Stoke properties, and will frame activity around advocating for relocation to achieve a better quality of life, with a view to question what happens to London in the context of rising costs of living.

Estate Agency will include a display in Stoke - acting as welcome hoardings for newly arrived creatives, around which a series of 3 discussion events will be hosted - exploring Regeneration processes, the role of the artist in socially engaged models of work, and the responsibilities that artists have to the people of a place, when working within these development contexts. Through the interventions in London and Stoke-on-Trent and drawing on case studies and experience from elsewhere, the project will aim to consider what happens when artists are priced out of the places they have helped to develop, and whether there are alternative approaches, that creatives can lead on.

The Symposium Event and Artist Relocation Day in Stoke Newington, on Saturday, 29th April will explore the context of Stoke Newington; with 7 estate agents on Church Street Stoke Newington, property is big business – and as described by Campbell Works ‘Every other conversation we have is about this,’ Artists and Other creative workers are being pushed out of the areas of London they used to inhabit, as the areas are getting developed, sometimes at breakneck speed. What happens to London if all the creative practitioners leave? And if this is happening to artists, what of the other communities in these places, What happens to them?

The second part of this, is to consider where these artists are moving to – as we have seen in Margate (often now referred to as Shoreditch-on-Sea), areas of other places are now being colonised by artists, and the processes of regeneration are beginning again.

What responsibility do artists and arts organisations have in this process?

Are artists complicit in the developers plans, or are we as much of a victim as the communities that are being forced out?

How can we use our collective creative agency to do things differently?

As art organisations see the neighbourhoods around them change, do we need to change the way we work to reflect those changes?

The event will see include presentations by Anna Francis on her Stoke based practice, considering housing in the city, and a presentation by Rebecca Davies on her long term project in Elephant and Castle. The day will also include presentations by Social Artist Dan Thompson, and Urban Studies Specialist Martha Mingay.


The return events in Stoke, framed around welcome hoardings for incoming creatives will focus around the following questions:

1. Not just Artist, but also Resident/Community Member - what happens when we work where we live?

2. How to plan to be different: learning from elsewhere - safeguarding communities, and making a place for culture long term.

3. Responsibility and agency; redressing the balance re. socially engaged practices, why do we work

For more information about Estate Agency, including the full programme of the week’s activities please visit:


Time frame: Campbell Works

Opens at Campbell Works Friday, 28th April 2017 (6-9pm) Opening Night

Symposium/Relocation Event Saturday, 29th April 2017 (11am – 12pm) Estate Agency General Opening and (12-5pm) – ReLocating the Context, with invited speakers, presentations and a session on 'Planning to be Different' (booking essential).

Sunday, 30th April  2017 (11am – 4pm) – Estate Agent Penny Vincent and Anna Francis Community/Family Day Handbook for Intended settlers will be available.

Monday and Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 3rd May  2017 (11-1pm) – General Opening and (1-3) Estate Agent Nic Winstanley Conveyancing Focus Lunch and (3-5) General Opening.

Thursday 4th May 2017 (11-5pm) – Estate Agent Nic Winstanley – General Opening

Friday 5th May 2017 (11-5) – General Opening

 Friday 5th May 2017 (7-10pm) – Estate Agency After Hours with Rebecca Davies (booking essential)

Saturday 6th May 2017 (12-2pm) - Anna Francis and Rebecca Davies Artist Soup Kitchen  (booking essential) and (2 – 5pm) General opening.



Estate Agents:

Anna Francisis an artist and researcher whose practice aims to rethink city resources, through participatory art interventions. She creates situations for herself, the public and other artists to explore places differently: often experimenting with leading and instruction by creating manuals, kits or leading guided tours. In recent years the interventions which Anna has worked on focus on the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and use an action research process to recognise untapped resources, plan a response to site, take action to change the way the site is viewed, and potentially, make changes, which can be temporary and sometimes permanent. Through this, Anna aims to gain an understanding of the role of artists and arts organisations in the development of places.

Anna is a Director at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent's contemporary, artist led exhibiting space, where she has been leading on projects which engage with city and location since 2007.

Anna is Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University. mail:


Rebecca Davies is an artist working within a participatory practice through illustration, performance and event. 

Rebecca graduated Royal College of Art in 2010 with an MA in Communication Art and Design, where she received the Sheila Robinson Prize for Drawing and was short listed for the Helen Hamlyn Design Award. She is an Associate Artist at Artsadmin, receiving their ‘Interference’ award in 2012 to create the Beau Belles Ice Cream Van. 

Rebecca is from Elephant and Castle, where she has made work for over 8 years. She co-created  Peoples Bureau with artist Eva Sajovic, a project which is now an associate of Tate Exchange, the pair have worked together for 7 years. 

She has run the Whitechapel Community Workshops for three years, and was lead artist of The Art Already Made, a programme of work made in collaboration with City Gateway and funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. She represented London in the 2015 Mons European Capital of Culture with her project The Oasis Social Club, which then toured to Stoke On Trent, Preston and Hull seeing her collaborate with a range of UK wide partners. Her film, The Landlady, made in response to the tour, was screened at South London Gallery as part of The London Festival of Architecture in 2016.

Rebecca worked with Anna Francis to create The Portland Inn Project - where they are now negotiating with Stoke City Council, over the permanent ownership of this community asset; consequently, Rebecca decided to move to the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and base her artistic practice there.   

Rebecca will host the Estate Agency After Hoursimmersive meal experience, on Friday, 5th May 7-9pm. Booking essential.


Nicola Winstanley is a socially engaged artist who seeks to explore the relationship between participatory arts, perceptions of place and community action. By forging new relationships between art, people and place, Nicola believes that art practice can have a lasting effect on communities. She is particularly interested in engaging people who have no arts background and finding ways for art practice to improve their quality of life. 

With a background in 2D and 3D public art, Nicola has collaborated internationally with artists, makers and members of the public to make work that engages the public at large in art practices, for this she often works in partnership with artist Sarah Nadin as Winstanley & Nadin. She has most recently been working solo alongside academic researchers to evaluate the impact of 'place' on individuals and communities. Nicola has 7 years workshop and public consultation experience, as well as having designed and managed large scale public art projects.

Nicola will lead a Conveyance session, on Wednesday, 3rd May, to look at terms for intended settlers, when moving to a new city.


Penny Vincent is a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University and previously worked at a senior level in the public and voluntary sector. She is actively involved in community organising, supporting communities to get their voices heard, and has led on a number of projects in Stoke-on-Trent which have led to lasting change. She has extensive experience in community development, regeneration and public service improvement. She is a regular volunteer, musician/singer and photographer.

Penny will utilise her participatory development skills to involve the public in considering what makes a place desirable, and leading a session for families on Sunday 30thApril.


Estate Agency is designed and delivered by Anna Francis, funded by Arts Council England, Staffordshire University and Artcity, and with support from AirSpace Gallery, Campbell Works and Butters John Bee.



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