Current and recent projects include:
The Past is Now Evaluation , Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The Past is Now explores 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 explores 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. #ThePastIsNow
Researching LGBT space with centred
We are pleased to be working with centred, a community organisation run by diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people. centred's work focuses on diverse LGBTQ experiences, especially where these intersect with experiences concerning race, gender, disability, deafness, age and minority faith. AoR are researching centred's process of creating inclusive space, focussing on a creative participatory event produced through the artistic commissioning.
We are carrying out some research on behalf of Lancaster Arts at Lancaster university . We are to engaging with key Lancaster District stakeholders with an aim of strengthening relationships and developing collaborative bonds in the district and between local stakeholders and the University and identifying future strategic direction around the ideas of Arts and Placemaking.
Thamesmead Arts and Cultural Participation Research.
Peabody Housing Association have commissioned us to design, deliver and analyse a survey on cultural participation in Thamesmead, South East London. The Survey seeks to reach a broad sample of local people to find out not only what arts and cultural activities they take part in, but what they would like to see available in the area in the future. It takes the broadest possible view of ‘arts and culture’ including activities that people might do alone at home or with others in all kinds of venues or spaces. The work will inform Peabody’s development of a Cultural Strategy for Thamesmead later this year and therefore impact on how arts and culture budgets are allocated into the future.
This is an ESF/SFA funded Careers Cluster project which is aimed at connecting employers the hospitality and events sector with young people. Pan Out involves working with 18 employers to design and deliver a creative and innovative programme of activities to engage with staff and students in Wandsworth schools and colleges. Art of Regeneration are working with Pan Out partner Learn, Train, Recruit to provide support for the programme development and an interface with the employers involved.
Peckham Platform – Learning Activities Evaluation.
We are working with Peckham Platform and a range of stakeholders developmentally, exploring their learning offer to local communities. The research will draw on examples of good practice nationally as well as reviewing work to date, to inform how Peckham Platform can build on this learning in order to evolve learning activities going forwards. This is timely given their transition to a new purpose built gallery space in 2018, which will enhance the scope of their programme and resources.
The Studio at the Horniman Museum and Gardens
We are working with the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London in the evaluation of the development of the The Studio. This is both a new space at the museum and a new exciting engagement project where the Horniman will work in collaboration with artists and local community partners. It will open in conjunction with a new ‘World Gallery’ of anthropology in the spring/summer 2018.
We are working with the Horsfall space in Manchester evaluating the delivery of the first two years of programming. The Horsfall is an exciting new venue and programme of activity building on the work of 42nd Street, an innovative Greater Manchester young people’s mental health charity with 36 years’ experience of providing free and confidential services to young people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. The Horsfall takes inspiration for the project from the Ancoats Art Museum; a unique social and artistic experiment established in Ancoats, Manchester at the end of the 19th Century.
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
‘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.
Hothouse at the Deptford Lounge
Hothouse. We have beenworking with the Hothouse in Depford evaluating a the co-creationand and delivery ofan engaging and ambitious creative programme of events and activities over 16 months. Hothouse aims to actively engage local people, (both those who already use the Deptford Lounge and those who don’t) with particular groups targeted through specific strands of work. Whilst the programme in itself will offer value and benefits for participants, staff, artists and stakeholders, it is intended that it creates a foundation for wider impact and development beyond the lifetime of this specific initiative. Specifically the programme aims to: establish the Lounge as a cultural hub; establish a strong sustainable partnership; initiate and support local people to have greater involvement and ownership of the space and its offer.
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.
"Working with Alison has been an exciting departure for Peckham Platform. It has meant that we have been able to articulate our learning around the development of social arts practices within care and mental health settings."
Executive Director, Peckham Platform