Examples of current and recent projects can be found below. In some cases reports are not publicly available. See also ‘Examples of our work’
The Studio at the Horniman
The Studio at the Horniman is a new programme and space at the Horniman Museum in South London. The project brings together local community representatives, a commissioned artists and museum staff to co produce an exhibition. The uniqueness of the Studio resides in the three way partnership between a contemporary artist, community partners and the Horniman. AoR have been carrying out a formative evaluation of the project between 2017 and 2019.
The Past is Now Evaluation, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The Past is Now explored Birmingham’s relationship to the British Empire by re-purpose a major historic civic collection to become the common, shared heritage of a young, multi-cultural city. This co curated exhibition explored the city’s artistic, scientific, and industrial heritage using objects, social oral histories, images and aspects of intangible cultural heritage that tell stories about why and how people came to Birmingham, and their experiences of growing up, living and working in the city. The evaluation of this co-curated temporary was formative, working with staff and participants throughout the process. This required that the Museum reflected on some of the tensions and controversies generated by the curatorial process and was open to the learning that arose out of a grassroots decolonial critique. The final evaluation report highlighted lessons for the museum in regard to co curatorial practice and developing community partnerships. As part of this we designed and delivered a staff reflection day (with Bernadette Lynch) which brought together staff across the museum to consider ways forward in developing good practice in museum partnerships and co-curatorial practice. #ThePastIsNow
YOUTH PLATFORM AT PECKHAM PLATFORM
We are evaluating this innovative project, designed to engage young people with an underlying ethos of co-production. The project is about ‘increasing progression routes for disadvantaged young people into creative and higher education’ through running a programme that forefronts creative exploration while giving the opportunity to develop a range of skills. The programme includes the opportunity to work with artists in residence, to design, create and develop exhibitions and events as a core part of the gallery’s programme, development and training, creating videos and learning about production, contributing to and designing publications, and visits to galleries and art colleges. Overall the Youth Platform is concerned with individually nurturing, encouraging and supporting young people’s creative talent and well-being.
See more at www.peckhamplatform.com
CUltural Participation in Milton Keynes
In spring 2019 AoR worked with Milton Keynes council to carry out a survey of cultural participation in order to produce exploratory findings and inform the development of Milton Keynes cultural strategy with robust research. The survey collected quantitative and qualitative data about people’s practices, obstacles to participation, concerns, perceptions of the city, and views on the value of culture and cultural needs.
‘Are You Feeling Better?’
Frances Williams has been a consultant producer with the Cultural Institute, working with medical students across the four Health Schools at Kings College London. She has developed a number of different collaborative art and education projects around the theme of Utopia, entitled 'Are You Feeling Better?' A range of artists were engaged to work closely with students - trainee nurses, dentists and doctors - to explore this concept in creative ways that related to their fields of study. These included Anthony Schrag, Becky Shaw, Joanna Brinton, Stephen Rudder and 'The Vacuum Cleaner'. A film and publication is forthcoming in September to coincide with the exhibition at Somerset House entitled 'Paths to Utopia'.
LONDON COMMUNITY VIDEO ARCHIVE
AoR is the evaluation advisor for this Heritage Lottery Funded project which is led by the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College. The plan is to archive a selection of community videos from the 1970 to 1985, made in London and the South East. This medium was taken up by people ignored or under-represented in the mainstream media with an overriding commitment to social empowerment and to combating exclusion, Community Video dealt with issues which still have a contemporary resonance – housing, play-space, discrimination, youth arts.
This rich heritage is now under threat of disappearing, both because of the physical decay and disintegration of half-inch reel-to reel-tape, and the ageing memories of the original ‘Community Video’ practitioners. LCVA will archive, recover and revive this history so that it can be used as a resource for contemporary debates, study and activism.
Accessing social justice
Marj Mayo with Ines Newman, 'Tackling the Housing Crisis' Policy Paper published in October 2014, bringing data on the housing crisis together with policy proposals for tackling this strategically. This is available for downloading from www.classonline.org
MAGNA CARTA TODAY
Marj Mayo with Gerald Koessl 'Magna Carta Today', published in March 2015, setting out the evidence on the gaps in legal aid, and related barriers to justice, together with proposals for addressing these. This research builds upon research completed for the book 'Access to Justice for Disadvantaged Communities' co-authored with Gerald Koessl, Imogen Slater and Matthew Scott, published by Policy Press, 2014
Deptford Lounge Hothouse.
AoR were the evaluation partner to the Hothouse at Deptford Lounge, Hothouse are resident artistic company who co-created a programme of quality events and participatory arts activities with visitors, local artists and resident groups in Deptford.
Swanley Hidden Histories Project.
Sue Lelliot worked with Swanley Hidden Histories Project. We assisted in the fundraising, development and co-ordination of this Heritage Lottery funded cohesion project. Young people researched and reported on the contributions local people, including Gypsy/Travellers and white working class people, made to the area.
Imogen Slater and Alison Rooke Future Stages - Ovalhouse 2012-2015. Evaluation of the Future Stages programme focused on participatory arts interventions for young people at risk.