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From small shifts to profound changes - what to consider when commissioning socially engaged art

21.03.19

What makes socially engaged and participatory arts projects successful? Elizabeth Lynch and Miriam Nelken talked to artists, commissioners and participants to find out.

Portrait – people and places of the First Art area by David Severn and Kajal Nisha Patel

Opening-up decision-making

28.02.19

Opening up decision-making about what art gets made and by whom doesn't lead to people 'playing it safe', but to programmes that engage more people, more deeply. Tamsin Curror examines the evidence.

As part of Heart of Glass’s Bliss Park project Heather Peak of Studio Morison took more than 50 St Helens skaters on research trips to skate parks around the country.

Turning engagement patterns upside down

17.01.19

How can arts and culture reach a broader audience that more accurately reflects local communities? Sarah Boiling explores how to change the pattern of who engages with the arts.

Royal Opera House Swan Lake at DAGFEST 2018. Creative Barking and Dagenham

Food for Thought

18.12.17

Nic Allen tells us about her experience of being part of Appetite's Supper Club and her recent trips to cultural events in the UK

The Magic Flute by Royal Opera House performed at Appetite’s Big Feast Festival 2017. Photo: Clara Lou Photography

Deep Roots Tall Trees - supporting community ownership in the arts

06.01.16

Andrew Ormston, Critical Friend to Made in Corby, looks at how the project is moving beyond co-creation to community leadership

Nikki flying with Frantic Assembly in No Way Back. Photo: Scott Graham

Cultural connectors at the heart of community commissioning

08.07.15

Holly Donagh and Farida Mohamed from Creative Barking & Dagenham describe how Cultural Connectors  -  a group of over 100 local people - are in the driving seat of the programme

This Used to be Fields - Chad McCail

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