Creative Week

Book yourself onto all three webinars in our Creative Week and get £10 off! 

The webinars during this week include Art of Invitation: an Introduction to Creative Approaches to Community Engagement 10.30am - 1pm on 20 February 2021, Participatory Productions: Community Building Through Storytelling 2pm - 4.30pm on 24 February 2021, and Alternative Futurisms 10.30am - 1pm on 27 February 2021.

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Art of Invitation: an Introduction to Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

  • Approaches to engaging people in creative, collective responses to systemic challenges facing their communities.
  • Creative processes and activities that can activate and inspire participation.
  • Creative ways to bring about meaningful exchange and to explore what people care about.
  • A participatory approach to facilitation, involving doing, making and reflecting, both individually and in groups.


Participatory Productions: Community Building Through Storytelling

  • Examples of participatory storytelling.
  • Breakdown of a participatory production process.
  • Exploring applications and benefits of this approach in your work.
  • Considerations and limits of this approach.


Alternative Futurisms

  • Discussions on links between radical political organising, speculative literature, and design.
  • Examples of design approaches arising from marginalised and radical communal traditions.
  • Guidance on how to research, facilitate, and generate frameworks for inclusive design.

Art of Invitation: an Introduction to Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

  • Creative approaches to bring groups of people together and maintain their involvement.
  • Ways to reach and include more diverse groups of people.
  • Fresh insights to resource your current projects or launch new ones.
  • Inviting and creative ways to engage your community.


Participatory Productions: Community Building Through Storytelling

  • Ideas for participatory projects.
  • Understanding of a process of a participatory production.
  • A creative tool to build consensus in your community/membership.
  • Understanding of a participatory approach to communicating organisational/campaign vision or purpose.

Alternative Futurisms

  • Introductory knowledge about radical social movements and their connections with creative fields.
  • A broad understanding of methods for communal and community centred design.
  • Methods for creating inclusive design frameworks.

Art of Invitation: an Introduction to Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

Anyone looking for new creative ways to activate and engage diverse groups of people in responding to social, cultural and ecological challenges. People from a range of backgrounds will benefit - from social enterprises, community groups and co-operatives, to grassroots activists, artists and campaigners, as well as researchers, teachers, facilitators, academics, and management consultants.


Participatory Productions: Community Building Through Storytelling

  • Communicators.
  • Community Organisers.
  • Campaigners.
  • Workers concerned with membership recruitment & engagement.


Alternative Futurisms

  • People interested in speculative design and how it can be related to social justice.
  • Those curious about ways of designing communal solutions for complex systems.
  • Anyone who wants to be an advocate for marginalised voices when designing new systems.

Art of Invitation: an Introduction to Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

Jenny Gellatly is a creative producer, project manager, and facilitator with over 15 years’ experience working in the community, environmental, and arts sectors. She specialises in designing and delivering participatory projects, processes, and programs that facilitate dialogue, exchange and action around the ecological, cultural and social challenges of our time. For the past three years, she has been collaborating with Encounters, a group of artists, producers and facilitators now delivering the Art of Invitation. The work specialises in bringing people together across difference in imaginative and transformative ways, placing people at the heart of the process, creating opportunities for creative expression of lived experiences and future visions. Through creative consultation, workshops, public interventions, co-authored exhibitions, and uniquely tailored events, the invitation is to re-look at how we are in the world at this time and together to explore new interconnected stories to live by, on an individual, local, and global scale.


Participatory Productions: Community Building Through Storytelling

Ieva Padagaite is a director at Blake House Cooperative making films with progressive organisations and exploring ways to use creative mediums to connect self to the collective. She’s been developing participatory film production practice as her key interest and worked on some major campaign films in the UK and internationally. You can find examples here: vimeo.com/blakehouse

You can read a little write up by one of the participants in such a production about their experience.


Alternative Futurisms

Florence Okoye is a user experience and service designer, interested in community centred and participatory design practice as an approach for creating sustainable solutions within complex systems. She primarily works on designing digital products and has experience in a range of sectors, from utilities to museums. Since 2015, she has been part of AfroFutures_UK, an interdisciplinary collective that explores the intersection of race and critical perspectives on technology.


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