Explore the role of imagination in creating change via creative, cultural and artistic interventions.
A facilitated exploration of the role and value of culture (including heritage, arts, creativity) in supporting place-based and positive social, economic and environmental change. An opportunity to hear from existing cultural projects alongside a creative materials-based exploration building possibilities and new alliances.
The session will include two short presentations – followed by a chance to reflect together on the role of the imagination in creating change as part of a short visit to the Spode Rose Garden.
Hilary will share examples from museums and cultural organizations who work with their communities to tackle issues as diverse as air pollution, climate change, waste, food security, city planning and local economies – drawing out common themes around the potential for cultural collaborations.
Anna will use her perspective as a Stoke-on-Trent based artist, to draw out the crucial role of imagination in working with people on projects which lead to temporary, and sometimes more permanent change in the city. Anna will explore the imaginative journey by sharing projects which she has worked on since 2008; becoming a city tour guide, reactivating a disused band stand, adopting an abandoned garden, the Spode Rose Garden, and more recently, working to transform a derelict pub into a community asset.
Hilary Jennings is Director of The Happy Museum Project (supporting museums across the UK to reimagine their role in support of the wellbeing of people, place and planet) and co-chair of the global Transition Movement.
Anna Francis an artist and researcher whose practice aims to rethink city resources, through participatory art interventions. She is Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University, is a director at AirSpace Gallery, a Stoke-on-Trent artist led gallery and studio project, and Co-Director of The Portland Inn Project.