International Network

Repair Acts is an international and multidisciplinary network of artists, scholars, designers, engineers, social, economic and political scientists, policy makers, educators, environmental organisations and enterprises who work on the topic of repair cultures.

Repair cultures broadly refers to applied, artistic, scholarly and civic practices, which deal with the care, upkeep, maintenance and reuse of objects, materials, buildings, systems, relations and processes.



We view repair as the challenge to move away from the rhetorics of the ‘new’ as a means of progression and innovation. Instead we look towards the disconnect and the discarded, what is in ruin and broken as a means through which to reimagine what we define as growth.

Questioning the lexicon of the ‘smart’ and globally connected, repair addresses everyday consumption by revealing the geopolitical struggles, labour systems and consequences of our material lives on the environment and other species.



Rooted within the arts, humanities and social sciences, we are concerned with deepening the intersections between artistic, applied and scholarly knowledge on repair, reuse and maintenance cultures.

Our work is also positioned within policies that call for more circular and restorative approaches to manufacturing, such as United Nations (UN) Global Sustainable Development Goals (2016) and New Urban Agenda (2016), Defra, UK reports (2013) and various EU Directives (2008, 2012).



Our 2018 programme explores repair cultures along the following axis:

Critical: relating to artistic and theoretical practices of repair

Essential: where the act of repair is a necessary, daily function of living, also includes policy and legalisation matters

Craft: relating to the fields of heritage and tradition, including practices of care, restoration and preservation

Economic: existing and new forms of economy, including changes to manufacturing and industry standards relating to repair, reuse and maintenance cultures


  • Ali Goodman, Designer, Francli Craftwear
  • Alison Harper, Independent Artist
  • Alma Clavin, Urban Geographer, Bath Spa University
  • Anita Ahuja, Founder Conserve
  • Anjia Barbieri
  • Benjamin Gaulon, Artist, New School Parsons, Paris
  • Caitlin DeSilvey, Cultural Geographer, University of Exeter
  • Carmela Pietrangelo, Independent Researcher and Producer
  • Chloe Meineck, Designer, Studio Meineck
  • Christoph Woiwode, Human Geographer, Bath Spa University
  • Clare Saunders, Environmental Politics, University of Exeter
  • David A Paton, Sculptor, Falmouth University
  • Elena Blanco, Environmental Lawyer, University of the West of England
  • Gigi Scaria, Independent Artist
  • Irene Griffins, Textiles Instructor & Researcher, University of Exeter & Falmouth University
  • Jane Stephenson, Founder Resource Futures
  • Jess Young, Designer, Conway and Young
  • Kate Rich, Independent Artist & Feral Economist
  • Kathy Hinde, Artist
  • Kaveri Gill, Political Economist, Shiv Nadar University
  • Lara Houston, Independent Sociologist
  • Linda Brothwell, Independent Artist
  • Nicolas Maigret, Independent Artist
  • Penny Evans, Assistant Director, Knowle West Media Centre
  • Peter Halswell, Renewable Energy Research Group, University of Exeter
  • Prajeeth Sitherasenan, Manager, Kabadiwalla Connect
  • Ravi Agarwal, Artist & Director Toxics Link
  • Sarah Chave, Research Fellow, University of Exeter
  • Sharmila Samant, Artist, Shiv Nadar University
  • Shibani Ghosh, Environmental Lawyer, Centre for Policy Research
  • Sophie Zajicek, PhD Researcher, University of the West of England
  • Steve Bond, Farion Studio & Falmouth University
  • Teresa Dillon, Artist & Researcher, University of the West of England
  • Vimlendu Jha, Social and Environmental Activist
  • Zoe Banks Gross, Independent Community Sustainability Organiser


2018 marks the beginning of the Repair Acts network.

Over the coming twelves months, four meetings will take place, two in Bristol, one in Falmouth and one in Delhi. Each meeting will focus on a different aspect of repair (critical, essential, craft, enterprise).

Our goal within each meeting is to bring together some of the key people working in that area, so we can map the territory, understand each other’s perspectives and develop future initiatives.


Outcomes of each meeting will be shared via this site, while public events will open out the programme to those interested in joining the conversation.

2018 Programme


Repair Acts is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK under the Network grant scheme.

The programme is led by Professor of City Futures Teresa Dillon (Principle Investigator) from the School of Art and Design and DCRC at the University of the West of England, and Associate Professor of Cultural Geography Caitlin DeSilvey (Co-Investigator) from the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter.

Our partners in the project include the environmental organisations Toxics Link, Delhi and Resource Futures, Bristol. Supporting the delivery of the programme will be DCRC, University of the West of England, CREATE Bristol, and the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter.