Should a project happen if a community hasn’t asked for it?
How can we honestly measure the success of a community arts project?
These are just two of the questions discussed at RESIDENCY: A seminar exploring Community Arts Residencies in the European context.
On 17th September 2015, over 50 people attended the final seminar of the Residency project, supported by the EU Lifelong Learning programme. Delegates included community members, arts practitioners, policy makers and academics working at a local, regional and national and international level.
The event was held at B Arts, a new space in Stoke-on-Trent, and began with a thought-provoking key note by Hilary Hughes from B Arts on the skills artists need to work alongside communities and the most effective way of gaining those skills.
During an Open Space activity, discussion was lively and inspired and informed by the morning’s presentations from each of the three artists residencies that formed the backbone of the Residency project. We heard from colleagues in Barcelona, Stoke-on-Trent and Warsaw about the context, successes and learnings from their residencies and the legacy of civic engagement that the activities left.
The seminar ended with the launch of the Residency toolkit, a useful resource both communities and artists working in civic engagement. The toolkit itself was developed through a process of action research and contains a mix of practical resources and case studies for those planning an artists residency.
- The Residency story: 5 controversial facts (PDF)
- UK Residency presentation (PDF)
- Poland Residency presentation (PDF)
- Plattformer presentation (PDF)
- Spain Residency presentation (PDF)
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