Speaker Biographies – Commemoration and Confrontation: Memorials as Political Acts

Cany Ash is a co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects, one of the UK’s leading housing and regeneration architects. The practice was Supreme Winner in the 2016 Housing Design Award for the Malings, a new riverside neighbourhood in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 2017 its 475 home Wickside project was Overall Winner in the New London Architecture Awards. The practice is also working in Slovakia on village regeneration in Bernolákovo, and the creation of a major town extension in Malacky.

Alongside its architectural work, Ash Sakula has pursued ‘constructive propaganda’ through a series of projects captured in short films and websites. Collective Custom Build, Adaptable Neighbourhoods and the Meanwhile London Caravanserai project all champion people and their livelihoods against a backdrop of thoughtless land assembly for development, and demolition of worthwhile structures.

Cany serves on a number of Design Review Panels, and leads design charrettes.


Jordan Kaplan (Chair) With 15 years’ curatorial experience, Jordan manages and delivers public art and arts programming projects for CAS Consultancy.

Initially trained as an actor at Drama Centre London, Jordan moved into visual art in the late nineties, curating exhibitions, commissioning artists and developing publications for projects with the Garden Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Geographical Society. She is a founder-trustee of Parabola, a curatorial group that commissions contemporary art for non-gallery spaces. She developed the first three editions of the Tatton Park Biennial from 2008-2012, commissioning over sixty artists including Helen Marten, Ryan Gander and Jimmie Durham.

Jordan holds an MA in Art Criticism from City University, is a member of AICA (the International Association of Art Critics) and a Fellow of the RSA.


Thomas J Price was born in London in 1981. Price studied at Chelsea College of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art and is a previous recipient of the Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Fellowship. Price has recently been selected to create an ambitious public artwork to be unveiled in 2022 commemorating the Windrush generation in Hackney.

Selected solo exhibitions have been held at prestigious institutions including The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, (Canada) the National Portrait Gallery (London), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Mac Birmingham (UK), Royal College of Art (London), Harewood House (UK) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK).

Price’s work has also been included in a number of international group shows including “Gold and Magic”, ARKEN Museum of Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; “Living Just Enough”, Goodman Gallery, London, UK; The Line London, 2020, London, UK; “Sculpture Milwaukee”, 2020, USA; “Get Up Stand Up Now”, Somerset House, London, UK; “Talisman in the Age of Difference”, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK and “Frieze Sculpture”, Regent’s Park, UK.

Price’s work is included in a number of private and public collections including The Donum Estate, California, USA; Government Art Collection, UK; Kenneth Montague/The Wedge Collection, Canada; Derwent London, UK; Murderme, UK; and the Rennie Collection, Canada.


Alice Procter is an art historian and museum educator. She runs Uncomfortable Art Tours, unofficial guided tours exploring how major institutions came into being against a backdrop of imperialism.

Alice’s academic work concentrates on the intersections of postcolonial art practice and colonial material culture, the curation of historical trauma, and myths of national identity.

Her website is theexhibitionist.org. She spends a lot of time screaming on twitter at @aaprocter


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