The West End Centre: Conversations with Aldershot

Since March I have based myself (a couple of times a week) out of the fantastic West End Centre in Aldershot. As a cultural hub that has been in Aldershot since the mid 70s (when it was closed down as a school and taken over by artists and musicians!!) it is the perfect place to…

May Update: Conversations with Aldershot

In the last post I started to think about what I have learnt so far. In several of the conversations I have been having with local organisations I had to start being clear with myself about what the project aims are. A tricky task when you are researching and developing just that! So where do…

April Update: Conversations with Aldershot

  Across March and April I have started to meet with many of the organisations that exist in Aldershot and Rushmoor. I have a notebook that is steadily filling with Names of people, Groups, Forums, organisations, charities, volunteer services, council run services, drop in groups, regular groups, paid workshops, free stuff, stuff that can be…

Social Art Assembly: April 25th

On 25th April I attended the Socail Art Assembly at Tate Exchange in London. This day allowed space for around 80 social Art practitioners to come together, share practice and raise their questions, concerns, fears, strategies etc for Social Art in the UK. Below are some of the thoughts that came out of one of…

April Thought Chain

This month I’ve been pondering on: Collaborating Practicing to share Who working with Which organisations Which groups Who fits the project Do I decide Do they decide Do they want me/this What does it look like Is there a need Is there a desire Ethics Hidden voices Hidden people Hidden from whom Hidden by whom…

March: Practicing to Share!

Last year I worked with the insightful Artist, writer and film-maker Melissa Mostyn. We spoke long and hard about the workshops we ran last year and what it meant to work with survivors of abuse, to consider Deaf women and men in this position, access to support and art, and access to debate in these…

March 2019 Update

Whats Happening now? This stage of the project is a 7 month research and development phase. Why? Over the past two years the project successfully worked with 4 different organisations and the participants who use their services. As project lead I worked with 6 different artists to provide workshops for the organisation and from these…