Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson is an award-wining social artist, writer, and speaker living in Margate. His work is about people and places. He has worked with communities across England, often uncovering layers of immigration and exploring how they are very much part of being British.

Dan has a Culture 100 award, recognising him as one of the hundred most influential people in the world of arts and culture. Dan also made The Independent Happy List 2012, the BBC Radio 4 iPM Alternative New Year Honours 2011, received a Team London Award from the Mayor of London, was named in GQ’s 100 Most Influential list and was winner of the Coast Awards 2011 ‘Unsung Hero’ trophy.

Empire and Arcadia 
The MV Empire Windrush and the SS Arcadia both docked at the Tilbury Terminal. Three works - signal flags in Margate and Tilbury, and a reading room onboard LV21 in Gravesend - explored themes of empire and arcadia, immigration and emigration.

Photo by Benedict Johnson Photo by Michaela Freeman

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