‘Come Together’ is an exciting new programme of public events, training, co-creation and commissions exploring these questions and more. It will take place from Summer – Autumn 2021.
The programme is designed to support artists and communities to: develop new skills in ‘hybrid’ arts practices (mixing digital and physical) and co-create new inclusive spaces / experiences for connection and coming together. The programme will explore:
– Inspiring examples of practices that mix digital and physical tools and methods
– The barriers and challenges we face in finding safe hybrid ways to come together
– What more inclusive hybrid tools, spaces and experiences could look like
– What we can make to come together differently and how we can share through hybrid means
These questions and more will be explored through:
– public talks and training workshops (Summer – Autumn 2021)
– four artist and two digital storyteller commissions (Summer – Autumn 2021)
– showcasing and sharing learning (Autumn 2021)
Read the full Project Outline
‘Come Together’ has commissioned a cohort of four artists: Ant Lightfoot, Linda Brothwell, Malcolm Hamilton, and Emma Blake Morsi; and two digital storytellers: Mary Flora Hart and Michelle Roche. They each have different lived experiences that they are excited to bring to this project and are at varying stages of their career. Together with the local Knowle West community they will explore new ways of connecting through a mix of digital and physical approaches and tools. Their work will be tested with national partners across the country (Onion Collective, Maia group and Grizedale Arts) as it develops and shared widely in the autumn
Click here to read more about the artists.
Throughout July 2021, the cohort have attended workshops exploring how to create more inclusive and accessible ‘hybrid’ spaces that mix the digital and physical.
These included, a Proxy Politics workshop led by artists Arjun Harrison-Mann and Kaiya Waerea, exploring perspectives on access through creating DIY harnesses for video calling devices, as well as a workshop in ‘Creating Inclusive Hybrid Spaces’ co-facilitated by John Kelly and KWMC with special guests from: Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists and Access all Areas.
The cohort joined local residents in re-imagining Filwood Broadway using an augmented reality experience called ‘Future Places Toolkit’ created by Uninvited Guests, which pictured everything from ‘’more community benches’’ to ‘’hoverboards’’.
In-keeping with Come Together’s theme of ‘hybrid’, all physical workshops have been accessible digitally through Zoom as well as in person. Even the outdoor Tree Walk by local resident Jim Smith was made hybrid, with video callers being strapped into a DIY harness to experience the walk virtually!
‘Creating Inclusive Hybrid Spaces’ with John Kelly, Eilis Bevan-Davies, Helen Bryer and Adam Smith
We explored how to create inclusive hybrid (virtual plus in person) spaces and experiences with Diverse City, Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists, and Access All Areas. Watch a clip of Helen and Adam’s presentation here.
‘Creative tools for remote collaboration: How To Use Miro’ with Fiona Dowling
We learned how to collaborate using Miro, a free online whiteboarding platform where a group can add digital sticky notes, drawing tools, etc. It runs inside your web browser and all you need to join is an email address. Watch Fiona’s 32 minute tutorial here.
‘Connecting through audio experiences: How To Use Soundtrap’ with Mike Moast
We learned how to use Soundtrap, an online digital audio workstation that allows users to create music or podcasts for free, a great tool for creating audio for hybrid experiences. It runs inside your web browser and all you need to join is an email address. Watch Mike’s 11 minute tutorial here.
‘Creativity and Care’ with Josephine Gyasi and Roseanna Dias
We reflected on what care means to us, what we and others need to feel cared for, and how we can embed practices of care into our work. Josephine and Roseanna shared their ‘Creativity + Care’ project, watch their 12 minute presentation about it here and read more here.
‘Future Places Toolkit: Augmented Reality Experience’ with Uninvited Guests
We joined local residents in re-imagining Filwood Broadway using an augmented reality experience called ‘Future Places Toolkit’ created by Uninvited Guests, which pictured everything from ‘’more community benches’’ to ‘’hoverboards’’.
‘Live Streaming and Running Hybrid Events’ with Lewis Campbell
We learned how to set up hybrid events where people can join both virtually and in person. Lewis shared which equipment and software to use as well as how to assemble it. Watch Lewis’ 54 minute tutorial here.
‘Proxy Politics: Making and Unmaking Perspectives on Access’ with Arjun Harrison-Mann and Kaiya Waerea
Arjun and Kaiya led us through different prompts for activities that invited us to see our domestic spaces from new perspectives, think broadly about the social model of disability and the politics of acting as a proxy for someone else through using the Proxy Protest tools.
Knowle West Tree Walk with local resident Jim Smith
‘Filwood Tree Champion’ Jim Smith guided us through the Northern Slopes. Jim spoke about the trees, local life and history of Knowle West. We met other local walkers who shared their experiences, and streamed our walk live on Zoom using a DIY harness from the ‘Proxy Politics’ workshop above. View our Miro board documentation here
In June we hosted a special ‘Come Together’ themed Project Night where invited guests Anagram gave us the opportunity to experience an immersive hybrid work called Messages to a Post Human Earth. They shared how they made the work, for people to connect in local parks during lockdown, and give an insight into their process.
Other events coming soon. Watch this space for November showcase dates and announcements.
Throughout this project, members of the Knowle West community will share how they came together during the pandemic. New audio recordings will be added to this page as an introduction to our community and as a way to inspire how we might stay connected in the future.
by Georgia Hall, Arts Producer at KWMC
by Ella Chedburn, Programme Assistant at KWMC
by Martha King, Arts Programme Manager at KWMC
by Ant Lightfoot, Commissioned Artist for Come Together at KWMC
by Emma Blake Morsi, Commissioned Artist for Come Together at KWMC
by Mary Flora Hart, Commissioned Digital Storyteller for Come Together at KWMC
by Don Jones, Knowle West’s local gardener
Are you an artist or creative technologist making inspiring hybrid work? We would love to hear from you, as there will be opportunities for artists to showcase work and share practice throughout the programme. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The ‘Come Together’ project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.