This website is home to my art, curating, research, teaching and writing practice.

Through my work, I try to inspect the uncertain relationships between art and society. This involves establishing how to declare my politics through my practice, rethinking what it means to be paid to be critical and devising tactics to challenge notions of authorship.

Since co-founding the curatorial partnership B+B in 2000, I have gone on to pursue my independent practice, with projects such as 1984 Dinners; Manual Labours with Jenny Richards and Social Art Map with Peckham Platform.

I also write and facilitate workshops, dealing with issues of public art, the politics of socially engaged art and the ethics  of work in the cultural and creative industries.

I completed my PhD in 2011 (‘Participating in the Wrong Way? Practice Based Research into Cultural Democracy and the Commissioning of Art to Effect Change’) at Birkbeck, University of London, where I work full-time in the Film, Media and Cultural Studies Department.

I am active on the advisory panels of a number of arts organisations (Deveron Arts, Platform London, Delta Arts and Dingy Butterflies) and am branch secretary of our union – UCU – at Birkbeck.

I am currently co-supervising 3 PhD students: Viviane Blanchard, Sarah Scarsbrook and Ruth Solomons.
Recent completions include Niki Zanti and Evi Tseliki

I have an uncatalogued collection of publications, documents and ephemera available for rummaging, reading and reflecting in my office at 43 Gordon Square, London. Contact me to make an appointment.

You can contact me on: sophiehope[at]me.com

@alicemellings