Wed 2 Dec 2015, 7pm

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Professor Stuart Hall Building LG01, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

Image: London skyline. Courtesy Mark Brearley.


Is the reputation of London as a creative leader over? If you’re young, creative or ambitious the case for living in London is becoming increasingly more tenuous. Once young people flocked to London where they made amazing things happen from art exhibitions in warehouses to new fashion boutiques, publishing houses and recording studios. Today scarcity of affordable housing and workspace and the exorbitant cost of living have led to a rapid exodus of artists from London. Can London sustain its reputation as a leader in business and enterprise without the kudos it gains from its young creative pioneers?


Artist Adham Faramawy studied at the Slade and the Royal Academy and is based in east London.

Architect and Head of the Cass Cities Masters course, Professor Mark Brearley has worked extensively in the field of urban planning and regeneration and worked previously for the Mayor of London, with Richard Rogers and Design for London.

Dawn Foster is a writer on politics, social affairs and economics for The Guardian, London Review of Books, Independent and Times Literary Supplement, and is a regular political commentator for Sky News, Channel 4 News, and BBC Newsnight.

Emma Jackson is an urban sociologist and lecturer at Goldsmiths, her work explores everyday practices of belonging, social inequality and the shaping of cities. She is the author of ‘Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility’ and co-author of ‘The Middle Classes and the City: A Study of Paris and London’.

Sam Aldenton is co-founder of Second Home, an innovative co-working space in London. Previously the Director of The Exchange, a workspace and restaurant in collaboration with the team behind the Shard, and Chief Executive of social enterprise the Bootstrap Company.

The debate will be chaired by journalist Zoe Williams a London-based political commentator, columnist, journalist and author.