Gulbenkian Inquiry Artist Commissions

Deborah Mason and Rebecca Manson Jones, Southwark
Sticking Together
A joint commission using crafting, story harvesting & action learning techniques to create a conversation about how/whether arts and culture could or should open up public debate and involvement in civic processes, this will be captured in a multimedia collage for public display and online- a people’s manifesto for civic life.

Sally Tonge, Shropshire
Cake and creative conversations – pop up and playful dementia cafes in unusual settings
Hosting dementia cafes in new civic venues to have enjoyable, creative conversations with people living rurally with dementia and their families, friends and carers. By sharing songs, stories and memories we will find out ways in which local venues and arts promoters can more effectively engage them in meaningful activities.

Kyle Walker (Creative Experts, Contact Theatre), North Manchester
What Next? –┬áNorth Manchester
Creative Experts will engage with groups of 10 young people from North Manchester over 6 weeks and explore how young people from the area feel about the civic role of arts organisations in their local community, and how they think their communities can benefit from arts organisation engagement. The outcome of the project will be a documentary film.

‘Contact is extremely excited to have successfully gained this commission and to have key role in feeding into the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Civic Role of the Arts Organisations Inquiry. Our unique approach of young facilitators on our Creative Experts programme leading on the commission allows us to genuinely engage with young people that don’t currently connect with the arts and to find out what it is they want and need to help them enjoy and engage with the arts.’