The Co-Creating Change Network commissioned 11 projects run by organisations who are using co-creation to effect real social change across the country. Since 2019, we have awarded nearly £145,000 to bring together artists, local creative organisations and their communities to work creatively and collaboratively together, to tackle wide ranging subjects and issues.
Below are downloadable case studies written up by each of the commissioned organisations, supported by Susanne Burns. Each commission is different and surface new learning about what co-creation is and what it isn’t.
Art Link Hull
Exchange 62: northern disabled artists exchange – a new initiative between Artlink Hull, Pyramid of Arts, Leeds and Venture Arts, Manchester. The programme supported a disabled artist from each of these areas to develop and lead their own exchange programme with the goal of long-term social change.
The Happiness Project – helping new arrivals to Newcastle/Gateshead to come together to create happiness and cohesion in their communities.
The Chrysalis Collective
Flight – a programme of touring events and governance support for a new mobile learning space made by people who live or work in the Bio Region of South Devon.
A Women’s Manifesto for Living Well with Debt – bringing together women in Bootle and artist Jeanne van Heeswijk to create radical solutions for tackling an urgent issue in the local community: debt.
Download Case Study here ZU-UK
Garota Hacker – a sustainable fashion project co-designed by BAME-led ZU-UK in Newham and Lá Da Favelinha based at Aglomerado da Serra in Brazil. Garota Hacker combines accessible and creative technologies with personal development processes to empower people from economically vulnerable backgrounds to create and self-develop.
Strike A Light
Gloucester Presents – Philippa Smith worked with Strike A Light to challenge traditional perceptions of cultural events and explored ways of having a year round cultural offer in Gloucester which is driven by the city’s Black communities, brings people together, and engages diverse audiences.
Mind The Gap
Opening Doors – a social engagement project that aims to identify and begin to tackle the barriers that mean learning disabled (LD) adults from BAMER backgrounds rarely engage with the arts and other social activities.
Peaceophobia – Bradford Modified Car Club is a network of 200+ car enthusiasts who build modified cars: their passions and their works of art. Together with Common Wealth and Fuel, they co-created an ambitious new performance event that is a celebration of car culture in all its sound system, massive engine glory – and an open challenge to systemic racism and Islamophobia.
Ministry of Others
Conflaboratory – sought to cultivate positive actions against racially motivated intolerance. It aimed to help reduce fear of the ‘other’, challenge toxic misrepresentations and bring about greater connection between diverse ethnic groups as an attractive alternative to a narrative of hate.
New Futures Lab brought together young people (aged 9-13) from the neighbourhoods of Fegg Hayes, Chell and Chell Heath (Stoke-On-Trent) and their parents/grandparents/carers with artists and community workers. Together the group explored creative interventions in response to the most urgent issue identified by the young people, feeling unsafe in their neighbourhoods.
IWGB and Crowded Room
La Lucha: The Fightback – a co-creation project between radical trade union the Independent Workers of Great Britain and theatre company Crowded Room. It aimed to shift the mindsets of the public and employers by telling the stories of women who had fought back against exploitation in the cleaning sector.