Saturday 01 October 2016 – Sunday 01 October 2017
Our second speaker Jocelyn Cunningham spoke about Knitting Together Arts & Social Change, questioning the role of the artist in civic society. Coming from a background as a theatre director, Jocelyn was familiar with participatory projects and working with community groups. She elaborated on two projects she had led on, Arts and Social Change in Citizen Power Peterborough and with Common Place Wiltshire, unpicking three core themes of invitation, curiosity and willingness as the basis of an experiential workshop.
The transformative projects, which have creative practice at their core, encouraged local participants to share their own ideas. In Citizen Power Peterborough the people doing the work were individual artists and small organisations which had a huge impact on the ecology. Cross-art form and cross-approach, they looked for diversity as opposed to making assumptions about the correct models for their project.
Peterborough, a satellite town, had a low level of connectivity between people, so one of the aims of the project was to foster those connections through participatory activity. Over time the participants and residents began to trust that art could shift ways of thinking and behaving.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network