Piers Thompson spent most of his career in the film industry as producer and/or director. He is now a DJ and founder of Portobello Radio. He was campaign co-ordinator of the successful Save Our Silchester campaign and remains active in local housing issues. He helped found the Portobello Panto in 1988, and has acted as producer/exec producer since 2008, managing the transition to a new generation. He co-founded Portobello Live in 2015, Roughler TV (2007), and the Roughler Gallery. Roughler TV created two psychogeographic installations at Louis T Blouin, It Happened Here and A Quality Shambles (both 2008). He is on the advisory board of Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend and on the RBKC Art Grants panel.
Thompson has acted as arts or brand consultant for Absolut Vodka, Nickelodeon, Ealing Studios, Westway Trust and many others. His movie I Want Candy (2007) made the Box Office Top 10, and his video for St Trinians’ version of Trouble was #1 in YouTube’s global music chart for 3 weeks in 2008.
Portobello Radio broadcasts every Friday from Muse Gallery, every Saturday from Westbank or The Tabernacle, and once a month from the Artbus, a vintage red routemaster that travels between the galleries of Kensington.