Brixton artist Hew Locke discusses how to change our public spaces

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Hew Locke with some of his works at the Venice Biennale in 2017 – his third exhibition at this major event

Brixton resident Hew Locke, an acclaimed international artist, some of whose works feature controversial statues, can be heard discussing how our public spaces should change with BBC journalist Samira Ahmed.

Race and Our Public Space was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this morning (8 July), and can be heard again on the BBC website.

The programme asks how public spaces should change to better reflect our country.

Hew Locke was born in Edinburgh and raised in Guyana before returning to the UK.

Joining him in the discussion are historian Neil MacGregor, former director of the British Museum; philosopher Susan Neiman, author of Learning From The Germans, a book about memorials and remembering difficult history, especially around race; Danna Walker, an architect, and founder of Built by Us a social enterprise “on a mission to diversify construction and architecture” to create a more inclusive built environment.

The broadcast will be available online for more than a year. It will be broadcast again on Radio 4 at 9pm this evening.