Digital Interventions in Non-digital Participatory Engagements

Testing practice and new concepts Digital itself can be a barrier when engaging with the arts, either through perception of one’s own abilities and confidence, or an uncertainty of something unfamiliar. When working with digital in participatory practice, like participants themselves, digital can have a varied influence and impact on a project or workshop activity.... Continue Reading →


Who leads participation and socially engaged practice when it comes to digital?

Before I start this brief collection of thoughts and observations into the current position of what we know as ‘digital participation’ in the arts and culture sector, it is important for me to note that this is just that, my thoughts and feelings to where artists and organisation are in relation to the facilitation and... Continue Reading →

Digital Participation: Attention Vs Co-creation

Digital Participation Expedition The second event in the Digital Participation Expedition with EMPAF focused on the levels and types of inputs participants have in digital engagement, while also opening discussion around the dangers of digital in our lives. The event looked at how these engagements present participants with real or presented power when it comes to creating and interacting with digital art... Continue Reading →

Digital Participation and Consent

Data, data, data... When working in a participatory context, arts organisations document and share creative work, participant image and information. Their words, their work and, in a lot of cases, their thoughts. The standard consent forms can simply ask about the capturing and sharing of a participant's image, their ethnicity, sex, gender, age etc, but with digital... Continue Reading →

The Engage Conference 2018 – A Social Prescription

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 12-14 Nov 2018 Highlights and thoughts Engage Conference 2018 at the Whitworth Art Gallery. Credit David Lindsay How to encapsulate three days of keynotes, practical workshops, presentations, fringe events, discussions, thoughts and an absolute sense of wellbeing for participants and those working in the arts? The Engage Conference is the biggest... Continue Reading →

Removing Digital and Making it Personal

Edited from original blog post for Derbyshire Creative Heritage Network 06/12/2018 MIDDLE BOUND: ‘EXPLORING THE SOCIAL FABRIC AT THE HEART OF ENGLAND’Participatory approaches to tackling themes of community, heritage, family, diversity, local history and industry. When I think back to Middle Bound, which took place at QUAD Feb – March 2018, I realise how easy... Continue Reading →

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