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anyone involved in socially engaged practice, at any stage of their career, to submit proposals on topics they felt were pertinent in the field in 2018. We had an overwhelming response, testament to the significance of this work, and the importance of supporting new and established voices in the field of social practice to publish their critical writing. The topics included in this first issue are varied and encompass a broad range of expertise and interests, but are all connected by a concern to accept and support critical engagement as an essential part of the field. Alongside the writing, the first 100 issues of the journal also feature two, limited-edition artist prints, by artists Les Monaghan and Joe Cotgrave. Thank you to all the writers and the artists who contributed to this issue, and to the funders, whose support allowed the labour that went in to this work to be fairly compensated. Enjoy! Models of Validation Team, A partnership between Axisweb and Manchester Metropolitan University Rebecca Senior, Mark Smith & Amanda Ravetz Notes on Contributors Jen Delos Reyes Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008 – 2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States. She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an international annual conference on socially engaged art. Kerry Morrison Kerry Morrison is an environmental artist and ecologist who works with processes of walking, talking, listening, drawing, photography, ethnography, data collection, and performance. In 2011 Kerry co-founded in-situ, a not-for-profit artist led initiative in Pendle, which serves to examine art, environment and culture in the locale of Brierfield, Nelson, and Colne. R.M. Sánchez-Camus Marcelo is a creative practitioner who develops works of art in collaboration with community partners. His interests lie in neighbourhood narratives, hidden mythologies, psychogeography, 02 and outdoor interventions. He researches and writes on socially engaged practice and holds a doctorate, with a thesis entitled Applied Live Art. Recent project partners include Freedom Festival in Hull, Elan Valley Trust in Wales, Artangel, People United, and Circolombia. He was born in New York City to parents who emigrated from Chile and lives in London. Claire Mead Claire Mead is a curator, art historian and queer feminist activist working in France and the UK. She is curator in residence at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art where she is co‑curating a workshop programme and exhibition around queering the museum collection in collaboration with the local LGBTQI community. She is also a coordinator for the grassroots activist organisation Collectif Archives LGBTQI in Paris campaigning for a public LGBTQI French archive, organising talks, workshops and debates, as well as a programmer for the Paris art organisation Polychrome, delivering screenings and exhibitions around queer and feminist activist practice. 03