mailout: July/August 2013

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  • Artist Emma Gee puts the spotlight back onto the unsung heroes and heroines of the participatory arts world – the participants.
  • What happens when you transfer funding power from the cultural gatekeepers to the general public? Kwesi Johnson, Director of I Make That Happen, tells us about a new crowd funding platform.
  • Since 1990 a bi–annual Participatory Design Conference has been encouraging artists to showcase their interactive participatory methods to the world. mailout speaks to the organising committee about the next Participatory Design Conference (2014) which will be set in Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Award winning organisation Carousel speaks to mailout about The Oska Bright Film Festival which empowers people with learning disabilities to speak up for themselves and their rights.
  • Exploring Nordic Noir fiction through knitting isn’t your typical theatre show but for Theatre Comapny LipService it was a triumphant participatory project. LipService’s Artistic Directors Maggie Fox and Sue Riding share the success behind their knitted production Inspector Norse.
  • The Creative People and Places scheme is well underway and Transported, in Boston and South Holland, has hit the ground running with artistic activities and ideas. mailout finds out what the community based arts programme has been up to.
  • Castles Built in Sand (CBiS) is a collective of independent filmmakers, researchers, musicians, writers and photographers based in Manchester, Edinburgh and Copenhagen. CBiS tells mailout about their largest project to date.
  • A creative revolution has been happening in empty shops nationwide – led by young entrepreneurs aged 16 – 25. mailout finds out more about somewhereto_ – a national youth service – and their momentous movement somewhereto_ re:store.
  • Culture on a Shoestring is a successful, cultural online publication which is entirely youth–led. mailout introduces you to the hardworking team at Blaze, leaders of the youth-led cultural programme operating in the North West and creators of Culture on a Shoestring.
  • Community Craftswoman’s Club was the perfect solution for mothers living in rural isolation. Find out how Arts on our Doorstep engaged these individuals and helped them promote the arts to others in structured and sustainable ways.
  • All of this, plus our regular features of Talking Through The Arts, Latest News and our Funding round up


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