Trace Programme featured over 30 British and international contributors. It explored the ways artists "position" themselves. How do they navigate the worlds they operate in, so that their positions are clear and understood? How do they retain moral and political integrity while working in an economic system that can be at odds with what they want to represent through their work? How can artists move between different funding models and established structures, whether commercial, publicly funded, art establishment or DIY, regional, national and international? Communicating with audiences outside of the art world as well as within it, Trace Programme is part of a wider discussion on how art in an age of austerity can speak to realities experienced by everyone.

Each artist involved created a distinct path to navigate these worlds, using new creative languages to work between visual art, digital and online media, writing, music and performance. Appropriating and repurposing the languages and technologies of popular culture, they are contributing to a new understanding of contemporary art as a politicised communications channel, engaging audiences directly.


Gino Attwood

Joseph Buckley

Kerry Campbell

Nico Colon

Kate Cooper


Hayden Dunham

Ruth Angel Edwards

Adam Gallagher

Bunny Gamer

Sam Hewland

Ashley Holmes

Stewart Home

Richard John Jones

Jake Kent

Beth Kettel

Frank J. Miles

Emily Pope

Stefan Sadler

Erica Scourti

Benjamin Edwin Slinger

School of the Damned

Dan Szor

Trace Programme was funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by Hopology Beer Shop. Many thanks to those who contributed time and skills to this project.