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Participants – The unsung heroes and heroines of the participatory arts

Posted: August 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

Participation is to the arts what grey and brown was to fashion a couple of years ago; the new thing, it’s big, it’s ‘in’, it’s really ‘now’.  Actually it has been for well over two decades – the arts are slower burn than fashion, thankfully! 

It’s about time therefore that mailout dedicated some space to the unsung heroes and heroines without which all this participating would never happen ….the Participants.  

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Reflecting Connectedness in Participatory Design

Posted: August 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

“The Baobab tree, indigenous to Africa and Australia, represents principle values of participation; the Baobab is used for asynchronous communication through etched messages between visitors or as a place for community meetings…”

Since 1990, a bi-annual Participatory Design Conference has encouraged artists and designers from countries around the world to exercise their imaginations and open up new interactive participatory methods that inspire and engage.

Members of the organizing committee Naska Winschiers-Goagoses, Beate Zorn, and Heike Winschiers-Theophilus  tells mailout about the next anticipated 2014 conference “Reflecting Connectness” – which will see the global event, for the first time, be set in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Culture on a Shoestring – The Journey from Editor Anthony Price

Posted: August 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm

“Not one of us knew how to go about the process of making a magazine. I certainly didn’t know how to “edit”’ – says 21 year old Anthony Price, Editor of the successful cultural publication ‘Culture on a Shoestring’.

As Price notes, what makes this blossoming online magazine truly virtuoso is that it is researched, written and edited by a group of ambitious young people who previously had no experience in the publication industry at all.

The young people behind this feat are the producers of Blaze – an ambitious youth-led cultural programme operating in the North West.

Join Anthony Price as he shares with mailout his personal journey behind a thriving digital resource which, excitingly, will soon be printed and distributed to local arts venues and libraries. 

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What happens when a self-assembly Swedish crime thriller meets a knitted set? LipService tells all

Posted: August 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

Exploring Nordic Noir fiction through the medium of knitting isn’t your typical idea of a theatre show – however, for award-winning Theatre Company LipService it was a winning formula that successfully combined a craft community with an exciting theatre project.

Here LipService’s Artistic Directors Maggie Fox and Sue Riding tell us about the recruitment of yarn bombers, guerilla knitters and the support of local craft groups, ACE (and some rather handsome Norwegian boys) to create an extraordinary woollen performance which is currently exhibiting at the Edinburgh Festival.

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Carousel – Oska Bright Film Festival

Posted: August 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

The Oska Bright Film Festival is a flagship project from Carousel which places people with learning disabilities in the frame by empowering them to speak up for themselves and their rights.

Find out why Oska Bright Films have won awards for their festival – including an honorary prize for its contribution to learning disability rights globally – as the organisation speaks exclusively to mailout.co about their wonderful work.

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I Make That Happen – The game changer of events and rule breaker of public funding

Posted: August 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I Make That Happen is a revolutionary crowd funding platform that gives power to the general public – and not the cultural gatekeepers – so audiences can dictate the artistic ventures they want to see.

Kwesi Johnson, Director of I Make That Happen, tells us about an organisation that has become the game changer of events and the rule breaker of public funding.

Read on to find out about the crowd fund which is changing the way we – as an audience – are experiencing the arts and a special opportunity for mailout readers to receive £100 to kick-start their own creative campaign.

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“So many young people are looking for things to do, they have a talent but nowhere to nurture it” –Gareth Gates champions somewhereto_ re:store in Manchester

Posted: July 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

“So many young people looking for things to do, who have a talent but nowhere to nurture it” –Gareth Gates champions somewhereto_ re:store in Manchester

somewhereto_  re:store (the high street heist) is a exhilarating campaign which aims to encourage young entrepreneurs, aged 16 – 25, to address the problems of the dying high street.

somewhereto_, funded by a £7m injection from the Big Lottery Fund, has seen the exciting initative re:store land in London and recently at the Corn Exchange, Manchester.

On the 25 July the Corn Exchange was treated to an explosion of creative activities from bring young minds from the North West and Yorkshire and Humberside.

somewhereto_ roving reporter Katie Gallagher was there on the day to interview the celebrity supporter of the campaign, the wonderful West End star Gareth Gates.

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Castles Built in Sand Collective

Posted: July 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

CBis (Castles Built in Sand) is a collective of independent filmmakers, researchers, musicians, writers and photographers based in Manchester, Edinburgh and Copenhagan. For the past two years they have focused on the medium of audio-visual to create experimental and explorative footage.

Their newest project Helpyourself Manchester is a documentary using archive footage, interviews, animation and Psychogeographical recordings to explore the DIY music scene in Manchester during the early to mid 00’s. Here CBis tells mailout.co about their work and their largest project to date.

 

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Transported – Inspiring creative journeys

Posted: July 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

Transported is a community based arts programme that has won £2.6m in funding from the Arts Council under their Creative People and Places scheme.

Currently in their three month consultation phase Transported have been on their own artistic adventures to locations like Boston and South Holland to take the opportunity to ask people what art they would like to see in their own communities.

Nick Jones, a Programme Director at Transported, tells mailout about Transported’s most recent and most inspiring creative journeys.

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For the sake of £15: The hidden peril of online booking systems

Posted: July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Once upon a time, a small arts organisation teamed up with another small arts organisation and decided to host a one day conference about participation in the arts. They thought long and hard about how they might market the event, they each delegated tasks and took on responsibilities.

Taking a look at the exciting world of online booking systems they chose a smaller, lesser known company – mainly because the fees were smaller and it did the job it needed to do without all of the bells and whistles of the bigger, more expensive firms.

They busily advertised the event, the bookings came in and they made some really exciting plans for the day ahead – and it sold out! So much so, that they had a waiting list and managed to cram in a few more people on the day! It was a rousing success, and made everyone feel empowered. After a short period of recovery they eagerly awaited the £1,800 of conference fees owed to them… and they waited… and they waited… and they… waited.

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