art + power
The Campaigne for Creativity
FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO END CULTURAL EXCLUSION
         April 2009 - March 2014


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content s     Our Vision, Mission and Values
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Artist Profile

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art + power


  art+power is an open space
  where artists grow, flourish,
  and support each other to
  find their voice
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Our Vision, Mission and Values
Vision To end Cultural Exclusion.

Mission To release the potential for the arts to empower...
Executive Summary
art + power is about an idea - the idea that art empowers and that if people work
together for a common ...
THE CAMPAIGN FOR CREATIVITY



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History and
        Background



I am a freelance human being. If someone offers me
something worthwhile, I commit to mak...
art + power was set up by a group of disabled people with
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The opportunity to create an independent
organisation arrived in 1998 when art +
power was selected as a pilot initiative
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The success of this project meant that art + power was able         2006 brought three big developments for art + power. W...
2008 was our 10th anniversary and
we used that opportunity to set up
a thorough review of what we had
achieved to date and...
We used the idea of an Imaginary Games Company to explore
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Context




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This programme has been developed during a period of major
change in the arts and in society at large. The programme has
b...
Investment Opportunities
In particular we are looking for funding to:

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Our Ambitions
   1. To develop a nation-wide ‘Campaign for Creativity’ that helps people to work
   together to build a mo...
“Disabled people remain more likely to
live in poverty, to have fewer educational
qualifications, to be out of work and
exp...
Participants
All art + power participants are socially excluded and most are
disabled people with learning difficulties – o...
I am a painter. My paintings take me a long
time. They are hard work. To be an artist you
just have to carry on and rememb...
2 PASS - The Personal Arts Support Scheme
  Participants take part in the Campaign for Creativity by joining PASS.
  PASS ...
Participants use a ‘Freedom Framework’ to plan their careers through the three stages
of the journey - for aspiring, emerg...
Here you can actually get out and do things and
get things done. When I was living at home with my
Mum and Dad, I needed a...
Training                                                            Delivery

art + power is not primarily a training agen...
Before I worked with Art+Power I did not fully understand that
Everyone in our community has creative potential and should...
3 Participation as audiences
  The focus on the first stage of PASS (for aspiring artists) is on exploring - developing
  c...
It is frustrating when others are
passionate about something and you
can’t quite see what the fuss is about.
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  1. 1. art + power The Campaigne for Creativity FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO END CULTURAL EXCLUSION April 2009 - March 2014 At art + power, I do things that surprise me. I used to think, me, no way. But I am really enjoying it. It is all unbelievable. Betty Sargent, photographer and writer I have observed at first hand the empowering effect Art + Power has on it’s members. It is equally important to note the beneficial effect their empowerment has on the wider society. Through art + power, those designated as disabled or as having learning difficulties have created, through their work, a mirror, crystal clear, reflecting their life experience. It is a mirror which the rest of us can see an image of ourselves. That image is often a discomforting one; as so many of us merely pay lip service to the creation of an inclusive society.’ Labi Siffre
  2. 2. art + power 2 content s Our Vision, Mission and Values Executive Summary 3 4 History and Background 8 Context 14 Investment Opportunities 16 Our Ambitions 18 The Campaign for Creativity 19 PASS - The Personal Arts Support Scheme 22 Participation as audiences 27 Participation as artists 32 Participation in art + power and the arts industry 35 Marketing Plan 40 Financial Plan 44 Monitoring and Evaluation 49 Action Plans 50
  3. 3. Artist Profile Sylverine D’zenyo art + power is an all round organisation, they are not just about the painting but what they can do in the future for us artists. My Originally from London, Sylverine re-discovered art whilst in future plan is to work as an ambassador for art + power. I want treatment for alcohol addiction. Sylverine had been drinking to use my experience as a reference for other artists out there for 25 years. She has been clean for 2 ! years. Whilst doing who would gain a life-saving experience. art therapy she was drawing pictures of her therapist who encouraged her to get in touch with art + power. This is where Trust is a big issue. It’s about gaining trust and me trusting her journey began. others. I’ve been more open through art + power than with my counsellor. For example when I first painted the picture of me in “I didn’t want to do art before because I was told it was evil. My a cell (‘Locked In’) I painted it as a art was just about getting back at people. As a youngster my Caucasian woman thus deflecting father said it was a gateway to hell, it captured the soul of the attention from myself. Now I am person being painted. So I kept all my drawings secret. Most of confident enough to reveal my own my drawings were about him dying – it was my way of getting identity - thanks to art + power! art back at him for my sexual abuse - but it didn’t work! + power has shown me not to be Coming into art + power has saved my life. I know this. Without ashamed of my past. Therapeutic art + power, I would have relapsed because my worst trigger is means we don’t have to talk about it boredom, when I used to be bored picking up a pint would make all the time, actually having images me pass the time but now I come to art + power and pick up on canvas and looking at them I a paint brush. Nobody calls ‘Time’ at art + power and now my know that it is not all in my head, it friends have a heartbeat – they are not called ‘gin’ and ‘vodka’ actually did happen and you can see etc. it. art + power for me is having somewhere to go where you’re art + power has given me the power not being judged and not feeling worthless and people actually to talk about my past, hence I can taking notice of me as a person and what I do. It’s encouraged write these words, which I would me to embrace my life. never have done a year ago. For the first time since cleaning up I Nobody has ever said to me that my work is good or encouraged actually look forward to getting up in me. It all comes from coping with my Dad. I used to hide it all but the morning knowing that I can paint art + power encourages all artists and I’ve found it is ok to show without being beaten but being told it. It might help someone else in the same situation. how good I am. 1
  4. 4. art + power art+power is an open space where artists grow, flourish, and support each other to find their voice Joanne Peters 2
  5. 5. Our Vision, Mission and Values Vision To end Cultural Exclusion. Mission To release the potential for the arts to empower individuals, strengthen groups and build a more equal, inclusive and creative community. How we will do it By engaging a broad coalition of partners to support disabled and socially excluded people to participate in the arts as audiences, artists/ performers and professionals. Values Empowerment, freedom & participation, creativity, independence, learning, quality, teamwork & partnership, not to be needed in future or to deliver where others are better placed, value for money. Transparency, Accountability, Communication.
  6. 6. Executive Summary art + power is about an idea - the idea that art empowers and that if people work together for a common aim they can achieve extraordinary results. To mark our 10th anniversary as an independent arts organisation we are launching a five-year strategy to end cultural exclusion by bringing people together to build inclusive and creative communities. The ‘Campaign for Creativity’ is for everyone who wants work together to build a more inclusive and creative society. art + power exists because art empowers. We are an arts organisation because we believe this is the best way to achieve social change for individuals, groups and for society. Increasing cultural inclusion can have widespread social impact not just in the arts but in health, education, employment, equality, democracy, and social cohesion. We aim to build a creative community where everyone belongs and every voice is heard so that the arts can become central to all our lives and everyone can share in the magic of the arts. However, this cannot be achieved by forcing art onto an ungrateful and confused public. Instead we propose to create dialogue with those we currently exclude and build a concerted cross-sector partnership of people working together for a common aim. art + power is uniquely positioned to lead on because of our expertise and because we are led by the passion and commitment of talented disabled and socially excluded artists. It is their expertise and that of others like them that will drive this project. We are now seeking partners to a ‘Campaign for Creativity’. This is not a lobbying campaign to persuade others to act it is a practical demonstration of what can be achieved when people come together to achieve a common goal. The campaign works simply by matching the goals and aspirations of participants with the support offered by partners. 4
  7. 7. THE CAMPAIGN FOR CREATIVITY participants partners art + power end cultural exclusion If you want to help build a more equal, inclusive and creative community then we see it as our role to make it easy for you to contribute. Please ask yourself what you can do to end cultural exclusion - and get in touch! 5
  8. 8. ACTION PLAN stage 1 stage 2 stage 3 April 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2012 2012 - 2014 STAGE DEVELOPMENT CITY WIDE NATIONAL 1 Campaign for Partnership development, task Project launch, city-wide Supporting projects in Creativity groups, project infrastructure. delivery, national pilots. different regions. National .1 Partnerships hub, training and consultancy. .2 Development Dissemination and exit plans. .3 Delivery .4 Evaluation .5 Dissemination 2 PASS PASS development and pilot. City-wide adoption of PASS National roll-out of PASS - 3 .1 Training ‘Take part in Arts’ developed. partner areas. .2 Practice .3 Delivery 3 Participation as Newsletter and website. Bristol wide partnerships, National adoption of tools, Audiences Develop explorer packs. Local explorer packs in use. Five regional websites/newsletters. .1 Resources outreach and pilot projects main partner venues. Three national partners .2 Outreach .3Venues 4 Participation as Creative content for Bristol Festival of Cultural National arts event Artists newsletter/website, public Inclusion .1Building performance and outreach Creative Condemned to Darkness 2. City-wide participatory project Series of linked regional Community projects .2Creative Fusion 6
  9. 9. ACTION PLAN stage 1 stage 2 stage 3 April 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2012 2012 - 2014 STAGE DEVELOPMENT CITY WIDE NATIONAL 5 Participation in Strong governance in place. Social enterprises established National employment in the art + power and Establish PASS as route to City - wide volunteering and arts programme in place the arts industry employment. work experience in the arts .1 art + power Social enterprise planning programme . .2 Employability complete and Social Enterprise .3 Arts Industry 6 Marketing 6.1 Training and team 6.1 Develop training role 6.1 Roll-out training role and .1 Participation development promote arts participation in .2 Promotion the UK 6.2.1 Newsletter and website 6.2.1 City wide newsletter 6.2.1 Regional newsletters and national hub 6.2.2 Plan public promotions 6.2.2 City wide promotion 6.2.2 National promotions : campaign campaign: Capital of cultural Creative Britain. inclusion 7 Finance All funding streams Diverse fundraising policy in Diverse and sustainable .1 Statutory established. Funding in place action. funding / exit strategy in place .2 Trusts for stage 2 and plan for stage Earned income = 10% with Earned income = 25% .3 Corporate 3. Stage 3 funding in place .4 Individual .5 Earned 7
  10. 10. History and Background I am a freelance human being. If someone offers me something worthwhile, I commit to making it the best it can be. I am here because art + power is a good organisation that offers quality. Alex Kyriacou, writer and musician 8
  11. 11. art + power was set up by a group of disabled people with learning difficulties and their support staff from a day centre run by Bristol City Council Social Services Department. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s groups of people in the day centre worked together to produce theatre, music, poetry and visual arts. Each group had its own identity and worked with local community groups to exhibit and perform across the City. In 1993 we began to explore collaborative mixed-media projects including: ‘True Lives, an animation and two short Legal Structure films‘ (1994) and ‘The Portway Opera’ produced at Bristol Old In August 1998 art + power registered in England as an Vic in association with Picture This and Welsh National Opera Industrial and Provident Society No. 28770R and is recognised (1996). 1996 also saw Bristol City Council adopt the social by the Inland Revenue as charitable for tax purposes, Ref: model of disability and begin actively seeking alternatives to XR26236 day centre provision. This helped the group to discover their shared identity and seek greater control of their futures. It We chose this structure to reflect our co-operative values and to became clear to everyone that the aspirations of the group safeguard the vision of the founder members. were unlikely to be met by operating within a social services department and art + power was born. art + power was launched in April 1997 at Watershed as part of Bristol’s first disability arts festival (‘High Time’). 9
  12. 12. The opportunity to create an independent organisation arrived in 1998 when art + power was selected as a pilot initiative for ‘Working Out’ an ESF funded employment project. This project was the first major partnership between the four leading organisations supporting people with learning difficulties (the National Development Team, Values Into Action, the Mental Health Foundation (now the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities), and Scottish Human Services). This funding enabled art + power to move out of the day centre and into St Werburghs Community Centre where we hoped to benefit from being placed in one of Bristol’s most diverse and creative communities. We also completed our most ambitious project to date (courtesy of funding from Arts Council England’s lottery funds) - The Freedom Project. The Freedom Project was a major programme of community arts exploring the theme of freedom through the arts. art + power worked with a number of community groups to compose poems, which formed the basis for song, sign song, theatre, illustration and animation. Project highlights included The Freedom Performance involving over 100 artists at The Victoria Rooms and an award-winning animation film ‘This River Winding’. The whole project was the subject of a series of five arts documentaries screened on ITV West in 2000. The Freedom Project is a case study in ‘The Power of Art’ an Arts Council publication celebrating the social impact of the arts in the last decade. 10
  13. 13. The success of this project meant that art + power was able 2006 brought three big developments for art + power. We to sever it’s last ties with the Social Services Department and broadened our participant base so we could support anyone become a key arts provider to Bristol City Council as part of the facing social exclusion (our focus remains on disabled people council’s portfolio of leading organisations (2001). This was a with learning difficulties); we moved to the creative heart of remarkable transformation - one day we were being funded to the city at Spike Island (a leading centre for the production keep people separate from society and the next we were funded and distribution of contemporary arts); and we launched the because of the contribution these same people could make! Professional Arts Support Scheme (PASS). PASS was a unique year-long programme for emerging Despite this instant success the transition from Social Services disabled and socially excluded artists, actors and writers. to arts has been a long and hard journey. Initially not much Setting up PASS put our work into a context of Continuous changed, indeed for some there was no change at all - we Professional Development (CPD) and put the creative inherited the same staffing structure and with it a degree of ambitions of disabled and socially excluded people at the individual and collective dependency that has been hard to heart of our programme. The programme led to some exciting shake off. Yet what we were trying to achieve could hardly be performances and exhibitions including ‘’ at Centrespace more different from the institution we had left. (2007) and ‘TransformARTive’ at Grant Bradley Gallery (2008). Crucially participants began to take much greater control of our It has taken us a further eight years to develop our new model of programme. empowering arts practice. Each step on this journey has taught us more about the nature of dependence and helped us learn about how to release the empowering potential of the arts. Along the way we have also had to unlearn many of our assumptions about how to work with people in the arts. 11
  14. 14. 2008 was our 10th anniversary and we used that opportunity to set up a thorough review of what we had achieved to date and where we wanted to be in the future. We knew we needed to respond to a changing world and were determined to find out how we could share our experience with others across the country so that more people could benefit from the transforming power of art. We realised that we have learnt a huge amount over the years about how people can empower themselves through art. Yet, despite some extraordinary personal and collective successes, there was still more to do to create a fully participative and empowering programme.We set out to develop a new model of empowering practice that was driven by participants and made the most of this experience. In 2007 the first group of graduates from art + power’s PASS scheme secured PASS helped us realise that people funding from Quartet Community needed the opportunity to develop Foundation to develop their business the fundamental skills of independent plans. They have since organised arts practice at their own pace. The their own joint exhibition: ‘Disabling programme needs to be flexible enough Conclusions’ exhibition at Hengrove Art to enable people to deal with illness and Gym. Three of the group now sit on life changes. Although there are many art + power’s Governing Body. courses to learn technical skills there are (The governing body has twelve few that help people develop the freedom members in total: 6 participants and 6 to collect ideas, explore the arts world or volunteers, the majority of the board are develop critical awareness. either disabled or facing social exclusion) 12
  15. 15. We used the idea of an Imaginary Games Company to explore IMG_0842.JPG - Google Mail the arts as a creative journey overcoming barriers and reaching 10/25/08 1:15 PM key milestones along the wide. Together we mapped out the landscape of the arts and created our ‘freedom framework’ to help each individual create their own route to achieve their ambitions. Armed with all this information we worked together to create a new Personal Arts Support Scheme and a new model of empowering arts practice. We now accept that we cannot make change happen to people. We do not see disabled and socially excluded people as a problem to be solved but as the solution to social inequality. The power of art belongs to the artists. Change will only come through the desire for freedom, participation and creative expression of those we exclude when coupled with the social responsibility of those of us who want a more equal, inclusive and creative culture. art + power’s role in our new model of empowering arts is to broker those relationships - to make it easy for everyone to play their part in building creative community. 13
  16. 16. Context 14
  17. 17. This programme has been developed during a period of major change in the arts and in society at large. The programme has been developed with these changes in mind. It is an arts project for a new era. This plan has been developed as the British and global economy goes into a period of recession. This is likely to lead to increased interest in finding creative solutions to social problems. Despite the financial pressures, Arts Council England continues to make some strong statements about the social benefits of the arts e.g. ‘our central belief is in the transforming power of the arts’ (ACE); ‘We will invest in campaigns to increase participation in the arts’ (ACE SW). This commitment is reflected in high profile projects to increase engagement with the Arts Council and raise participation in the arts - a key theme to the recent McMaster report. Also many local governments are now looking for strategies to increase participation in the arts to help meet their targets (Ni11). art + power’s new model of empowering arts practice has been designed with just these changes in mind. We are keen to share our local success so that people across the country can enjoy the transforming power of the arts. The Campaign for Creativity is based on finding low-cost creative solutions to social problems whilst ensuring both high quality standards and value for money. We believe there will be increasing emphasis on small-scale high-impact events. art + power aims to demonstrate just how much can be achieved by a large number of people each making small contributions to a common goal - sign up now and see what we can achieve together. 15
  18. 18. Investment Opportunities
  19. 19. In particular we are looking for funding to: • create a city wide pilot project to promote Bristol as a centre of cultural inclusion • produce an inclusive newsletter to encourage participation in the arts • develop ‘take part in the arts’ game and associated toolkit to enable participants to engage with the arts and launch their creative journeys • develop ‘explorer kits’ and participation packages for are The campaign for creativity seeks to engage anyone who is venues to enable them to engage with hard to reach interested in creative approaches to social change. The holistic audiences. and strategic nature of our plans mean there are significant • produce a fully accessible and inclusive website that will investment opportunities for people working in any of the enable us to roll the programme out nationally. following fields: Equalities, Empowerment & Participation; Education; Employment; Social Enterprise; Health and Social Care. art + power is available to: • provide inclusive, participatory and empowering artistic opportunities • share our expertise on participation and engaging hard to reach audiences and offer support and advice to individual artists, organisations and policy makers • create practical packages and toolkits to increase participation in the arts • develop programmes to support participation in organisational governance and participation • develop services to to help increase participation amongst people who feel excluded from the arts • offer workshops, presentations and performances to encourage and support the use of arts for empowerment 17
  20. 20. Our Ambitions 1. To develop a nation-wide ‘Campaign for Creativity’ that helps people to work together to build a more equal, inclusive and creative community. 2. To establish ‘PASS’ as a national programme that helps everyone gain the freedom to be creative. 3. To achieve a significant increase in the number of disabled and socially excluded people attending and enjoying the arts. 4. To encourage the development of ground-breaking arts activity, improving the practice and delivery of inclusive, participatory and empowering arts projects. 5. To develop art + power’s governance so that everyone can participate fully in the organisation and to encourage inclusion, diversity and participation in the arts industry. 18
  21. 21. “Disabled people remain more likely to live in poverty, to have fewer educational qualifications, to be out of work and experience prejudice and abuse. They routinely find themselves experiencing poorer services”1. 9 out of 10 people with a learning difficulty suffer from bullying and as few as 10% are in jobs2. Disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to have no qualifications3. 1 The Campaign for Creativity Access to art is not a minority issue - it affects everyone and we all benefit from each improvement. Experience has taught us that increasing participation in the arts is a complex process that requires a co-ordinated approach from a broad coalition of partners. Our aim is to take a strategic and holistic approach that engages the whole community in building creative community. To do this we have set up ‘The Campaign for Creativity’. This is not a lobbying campaign to persuade others to act it is a practical demonstration of what can be achieved when people come together to achieve a common goal. Everyone is welcome. The campaign aims to facilitate, promote and celebrate empowering arts activity wherever it takes place. Every contribution is valued. Everyone who joins gets their own scorecard to record their achievements and we keep a running total of how many people join and how much we have all achieved. The campaign works simply by matching the goals and aspirations of participants with the support offered by partners. 19
  22. 22. Participants All art + power participants are socially excluded and most are disabled people with learning difficulties – one of Britain’s most vulnerable groups. They all talented people with a passion for the arts but need support to realise their creative ambitions. The campaign for creativity is driven by the creative demands of participants. Participants take part by joining PASS – the Personal Arts Support Scheme. This personal development programme helps people to gain We can also help partners - and participants - to get the the freedom to participate fully in the arts. Each participant is maximum value from available funding. For example where supported to create their own profile on our website identify funding is available for an individual to employ an arts tutor and their goals and use ‘I’m looking for...’ cards to access the they would be happy to share the experience we can promote support they need from partners. the opportunity to other participants with similar interest at no cost. Partners We will help partners celebrate their achievements and share Partners can be anyone who wants to help build a more their learning with each other. We see our role as helping inclusive and creative community. People can join as individuals everyone to play their part in ending cultural exclusion. For and as groups to offer money, time or practical support. Partners example, we are also keen to develop a range of packages to will also be able to develop their own profile and monitor how assist arts venues to increase participation in the arts amongst much they can achieve. Each individual, group or business can hard-to-reach audiences. keep their own record card to see how much each individual, team or organisation has achieved. art + power helps partners art + power: ensuring quality for all celebrate their achievements and ensures that the support offered by partners reaches disabled and socially excluded art + power helps to ensure that all contributions are used in the people. most effective way possible. The Freedom Framework helps us identify activities for which there is the greatest demand, those Partners can use art + power to offer opportunities to that will have the maximum impact and those which present participants, for example exhibition opportunities or arts projects. value for money. Decision making is open and transparent and art + power can help these opportunities reach the people who information is shared so that everyone can see the value of their can benefit the most. contribution and how much we can all achieve together. 20
  23. 23. I am a painter. My paintings take me a long time. They are hard work. To be an artist you just have to carry on and remember to wash your brushes when you have finished. Jack Mundy, visual artist
  24. 24. 2 PASS - The Personal Arts Support Scheme Participants take part in the Campaign for Creativity by joining PASS. PASS is a self-directed process of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Each participant chooses their own route, with support from creative mentors, tutors and staff, for as long as they wish to participate. PASS acts as a catalyst to people’s own creativity. The programme is developed to enable participants to become more creative in everything they do – to develop independence, autonomy and participation. art + power sees freedom as both an aim and a way of making progress - it is like a journey where each step opens up new possibilities. PASS uses the features of a ‘take part in the arts’ game in which participants navigate their own course towards empowerment. A ‘Freedom Framework’ `(See appendix) enables each participant to chart their own personal artistic journey and identify their goals. A range of ‘opportunity’ and ‘challenge’ cards assist participants to overcome barriers on the way. All projects and activities are designed to support participants to achieve the freedoms they desire.
  25. 25. Participants use a ‘Freedom Framework’ to plan their careers through the three stages of the journey - for aspiring, emerging and practising artists. Stage Emphasis Key Processes Example Freedoms ASPIRING ARTISTS Exploring the arts. Using our senses Curiosity Researching the arts Awareness Organisisng ideas Art Appreciation Expression Using notebooks Creating art EMERGING ARTISTS Developing artistic Learning craft Demonstrating skills practise. Sharing Team building Feedback and criticism Self and Peer Researching the industry assesment Developing own style Awareness of employment issues Exhibition/performance PRACTISING ARTISTS Delivering Vocation Project management empowering arts Employment Governance projects. Marketing Finance Leadership Participants receive support to identify the freedoms they wish to gain and the support When I first heard of PASS they need to move forward. We use this information to provide opportunities for and art + power, I had just partners to get involved. The framework also helps us direct support towards activities been told that I couldn’t do art that can have the maximum impact for participants. at sixth form. That didn’t feel Participants based in Bristol can also use art + power’s studio at Spike Island which very good for me. I felt great acts as the creative hub to the Campaign for Creativity’ offering: when I realised I could do it. It gave me the chance to show • Hot desks and studio spaces to develop art work • Computers for research and writing/digital art my work to people other than • Access to volunteer, creative mentor and staff support teachers. • Work experience opportunities with art + power Simon Conway, visual artist 23
  26. 26. Here you can actually get out and do things and get things done. When I was living at home with my Mum and Dad, I needed a lot of help. I used to be too frightened to get on a bus and go anywhere. I used to walk with a stick. Now, most of the time I can do whatever I want to do. Last year I went on holiday for the first time. I am most proud of two things. I am proud of having my studio and of having my pictures up in galleries. Heather Hooper, visual artist 24
  27. 27. Training Delivery art + power is not primarily a training agency. We do not wish Working together through art + power gives participants the to provide services where others are best placed. However we opportunity to achieve things collectively that would be very will provide specific training where we see a gap. There is a difficult in isolation. This is particularly true of performances clear need for training to develop independent arts practice. In and exhibitions. We will provide at least one annual showcase addition we will provide induction courses to assist people in event for all participants to contribute to but it is important using the tools we provide and a range of flexible training events that our performance and exhibition programme is led by and workshops to fulfil specific needs requested by participants. participants. We do this by co-ordinating the creative aspirations of participants with those of partners that wish to host exhibitions Practice and performances. Partners can use art + power to offer opportunities to participants and we will broker that relationship, Participants are supported to develop their own strategies for helping to ensure quality and maximum impact. One example of creating art. This could be through their own studio space or this is a new ‘art for rent’ service that we are developing with working with an established group. We don’t wish to create local businesses. dependence by running regular sessions in our studio. However, participants can book a hot desk in the studio on a daily basis or for longer when they have a specific piece of work in mind. We also provide regular forums for artists, actors and writers to come together for mutual support and sharing of ideas. 25
  28. 28. Before I worked with Art+Power I did not fully understand that Everyone in our community has creative potential and should have opportunities to explore, grow and express their creative talents and ideas. I remember the first time I saw a selection of paintings by Art+Power members and commenting with surprise that they were ‘really really good! And Dave saying ‘yes, I know they are, we just need everyone to have the chance to see that.’ For me Art+Power is doing an amazing job opening new creative doors for many people - by offering them access to the support, skills and tools they need to develop and express their talent - and by ensuring their art is professionally presented to broader audiences’. Deborah Harrison Arts & environment consultant, SilverLeaf Associates 26
  29. 29. 3 Participation as audiences The focus on the first stage of PASS (for aspiring artists) is on exploring - developing curiosity and imagination and learning how to engage with the world of the arts. For many disabled and socially excluded people this is indeed a different world with its own language and social rules. Unfortunately these rules and the way the arts are presented makes many people feel excluded from the arts. Disabled people are not alone in this. We can all feel this way at times. Even Melvyn Bragg says that when it comes to philosophy: ‘I don’t have the codes’ to engage fully. 27
  30. 30. It is frustrating when others are passionate about something and you can’t quite see what the fuss is about. Participants at art + power have become so frustrated about their sense of exclusion that they have made a film imaging a world in which art is banned. (‘Condemned to Darkness’ is a powerful and humorous film that creates a desolate world in which cultural exclusion is complete). It must also be frustrating to be passionate about the arts and not able to communicate your excitement. The Campaign for Creativity aims to Resources bridge this communication gap and create a dialogue that can unlock the We are developing a wide range of tools to make it easier for disabled and socially codes to the arts and enable everyone to excluded people to explore the arts. These tools support participants to develop share in the magic of the arts. their own independence, to remove barriers to access and to give participants the confidence and skills to engage with art in public settings. Developing and diversifying audiences for the arts depends on creating a Regular newsletters will be produced to promote arts events, celebrate empowering sense of ownership, understanding arts practice and to share ideas about increasing participation and make it easy for and belonging. Our plans to increase everyone to get involved. audiences rely on promoting the arts as a valuable part of all our lives. Creativity, The newsletters will be a central part of a publicity programme promoting cultural inclusion and diversity are key messages inclusion. In Bristol the 500 bus route passes many central venues (including for our times. We want the arts to art + power’s base at Spike Island) and would provide an ideal platform for distributing become central to our identity as a city newsletters and a clear way of identifying the arts as belonging to the public and and a nation. Effective communication promoting the city as a place where everyone can enjoy the arts. of this message is essential if we are to increase the numbers of people that enjoy the arts. 28

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