Daniel Baker

Location: East London
Website: socialmaterial.org

I am an artist, anthropologist and writer, and have worked in socially-engaged practice for over 10 years.

Between 2008 and 2016 I was Education Director at Cubitt Gallery and Studios where I developed and ran a large-scale free, public art school. It operated across a number of local sites in North London, including primary and secondary schools, community centres, care homes and public spaces. As part of the programme I launched innovative initiatives such as the Cubitt School for Artist Educators, a training scheme for artists to gain skills in educational and community settings; and Public Wisdom, a major public art programme led by and for older people. In 2013 I was awarded a Mayor's Civic Award for my contribution to the local community.

As an independent artist I have developed research-led, participatory projects, including Unknown Empires- a three year programme of work exploring cultures of dance amongst older people across London, in partnership with the Science Museum, Siobhan Davies Dance, and a network of local dance organisations. Between 2015-16 I developed Stories from the Sea; a series of participatory activities bringing individuals of Pacific Island and Maori heritage into the National Maritime Museum, to inform and shape the development of a permanent Pacific Gallery at the Museum. And in 2016-17 I was Artist in Residence at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, developing a project exploring connections between Morris' political poetry and Grime.

I am a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a Churchill Fellow, and on the board of CGP London.