Rainbow Map

As a personal project, I want to celebrate as many of these creative symbols of hope as we can and create a 'Rainbow Map' of these Rainbows. If you’ve taken one of these pictures, then you can add to this Rainbow Map by going to https://bit.ly/2z6yU5D and: (I've created a 'how to' video below to... Continue Reading →

What are we saving, and why?

“Staff not furloughed have become ‘unproducers’ – dismantling the arrangements for future productions, exhibitions, festivals and events. It’s like producing, but with more pressure and no reward. Others are rapidly creating the digital offer through which you hope to keep an audience and demonstrate that, behind the shuttered facade, everything is fine – no, really, we’re coping, still working, thanks for asking. We’ll be back, very soon.”

François Matarasso

This is an awful moment to be responsible for a cultural institution. Forced to close the doors overnight, you are flung into a torrent of demands and unprecedented decisions. There are staff who will need paying within days; freelance artists who can’t do their work; fridges of perishable food in the café; health hazards to assess; anxious trustees to reassure; donors to placate. Emails and phone calls flood in at all hours, each one asking questions you can’t answer, if only because you have no idea when you will reopen or in what conditions. After the first hours, you’re trying to save money wherever you must while honouring commitments where you can. Staff not furloughed have become ‘unproducers’ – dismantling the arrangements for future productions, exhibitions, festivals and events. It’s like producing, but with more pressure and no reward. Others are rapidly creating the digital offer through which you hope…

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Spectrums of Digital Participation: Digital participation as participation in an artist’s digital practice

When we think of digital participation in arts and culture, we think of projects or works being led/created by demographics of ‘non-artists’. However, there are also those participating in an artist’s practice who are part of the creation of an artist’s work, rather than creating for themselves. These participants can vary from a specific community group to other professionals in the same or other art form(s).

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 →

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