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)
Find out more:
We would be grateful if you would consider visiting the Residency website and having a look at it in its developmental stage.
Some initial documents have been included but over the summer we plan to upload more information, templates and links.
Please can you help us by completing a very short on-line survey to give us some ideas for things you would want to see included in the toolkit and anything you would like improved which we already have on the website.
Thanks a million! The Residency Team
We are really pleased to announce that Cathie Powell-Davies our UK Residency local artist has teamed up with Staffordshire Universities’ Janet Hetherington to secure funding to continue working at St Quentin’s Residential home. ‘Art on the Timetable’ is an exciting new project funded by Staffordshire County Council which will be led by Cathie and will take the form of a series of workshops.
Deadline for applications extended to 12:00 pm Friday 27th February 2015
COMMUNITY ARTS RESIDENCY IN WARSAW (POLAND)
20th of APRIL – 14th of JUNE 2015
The deadline for applications has now passed
Residency is an opportunity to deliver an 8-week community arts project in the Wola district of Warsaw (Poland) in cooperation with local Partnership “Młynów na Woli” (Mill in the Wola district).
Do you have a question for someone aged 80 and over? Week 5 Me, US, Community!
Last week Me, Us, Community! in St Quentin Residential Home focused in answering some of the questions that people willing to take part in the project has sent to us via Facebook. This questions were, among others:
“Residency”- an opportunity for a Polish or Spanish Visual Artist to deliver an 8- week community arts project in 2 care settings for older people in North Staffordshire, UK (October –November, 2014).