Reports and Writing by the Aor Team
making it together
An evaluative study of Creative Families
an arts and mental health partnership
between the South London Gallery
and the Parental Mental Health Team.
Modalities of exchange
Skills exchange was a collaborative art and social exchange research project that took place between January 2007 and April 2012. Through 5 embedded multi-year residencies, Skills exchange tested the idea that isolation and discrimination are best addressed if artists, older people, care workers and others exchange their skills on equal ground, altering roles, representations and and well rehearsed relations through processes of creative exchange.
ARTS AND MENTAL HEALTH
The Creative Collisions and Critical Conversations Workshop provided an opportunity for a much needed vibrant exchange between professionals working at the interface between the arts and mental health in a ‘creative collision’ to identify ways delivering of arts/mental health interventions with energy and creativity. It was designed to develop a shared sense of purpose and the recognition that arts practice not only improves ‘patient management’ but also make a valuable contribution to the education and training of health practitioners.
FUTURE STAGES PROGRAMME
Future Stages is an arts intervention programme developed and delivered byOvalhouse, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (from2012 – 2015), KPMG Foundation and the Equitable Charitable in order to support young people deemed‘at risk’. Drawing on arts participation practice, underpinned by the theory of leading practitioners such as Augusto Boal and Dorothy Heathcote, the programme offers young people opportunities to develop the resilience and skills needed to break the cycle of deprivation and exclusion many of them face in their lives.
Curating Community? The relational and Agonistic Value of Participatory Arts in Superdiversive Localities
The Curating Community Workshop developed out of an interest in urban regeneration, cultural policy and participatory art. It drew on the extensive experience in developing, delivering and evaluating community interventions that span participatory arts. The Workshop brought together artists, commissioners, researchers, educationalists and practitioners from community development and from a range of arts practices including community art, socially engaged art practice, participatory theatre and participatory arts. The participants critiqued the ideological presuppositions which often assist participatory art.
Collaborative Sociological Practice: the Case of Nine
by Alison Rooke
This paper examines the socially engaged art project Nine Urban Biotopes (9UB),
an international exchange between European and South African cultural organisations. Two
artist residencies offer case studies of collaborative arts and research practice. The ways that
these case studies are read as ‘failures’ and ‘successes’ illustrate the complexities of North-
South collaborations. This project, the partnership that sustained it and the residencies that
were central to it, exemplify, in modest ways, how public sociology can be realised in modest
ways in a global context. This paper shows, with examples, that whilst partnership and
collaboration are emphasised in institutional and policy discourse, in practice these arrangements
are filled with tension and unequal power relations between partners. An evaluative
methodology premised on sociological practice allows the tensions that are inherent in
partnership and collaboration to be recognised and productively interrogated. It also allows
us to reimagine what ‘success’ and ‘failure’ looks like in research partnerships by working
with the antagonisms that are integral to collaboration.