FailSpace1The first phase of participatory workshops for the project, ‘Cultural Participation: Stories of Success, Histories of Failure’ will take place in March and April 2019 at a range of venues in England and Scotland. Join one of the sessions to share your experiences of cultural participation projects. Full details about the project and how to sign up can be found at the Cultural Participation website.

The workshop, ‘FailSpace1: Picturing Success in Cultural Participation Projects’ is part of is a new 2-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and led by Dr Leila Jancovich (University of Leeds) and Dr David Stevenson (Queen Margaret University), in conjunction with artist and post-doctoral researcher, Dr Lucy Wright (University of Leeds). The aim of the research is to explore how cultural policy processes can better recognise, acknowledge and learn from failure.

At the workshop, we will invite participants to reflect on cultural participation projects they feel have been widely recognised as being particularly successful and to assist us in creating a map of projects to explore further. Future phases will explore the relationship between failure and success in more depth.

Workshops will be held at the following dates and locations. Please note, the day will be split into two sessions, a morning and and afternoon, aimed at different participants. You only need to sign up to a single session (morning or afternoon), at one location.

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19 March 2019 - The Lyceum, Edinburgh
10am – 1pm – Policymakers/Funders/Commissioners
2pm – 5pm – Arts organisation representatives / Producers

23 March 2019 - Art House, Wakefield
10am – 1pm – Participatory artists/Professional arts practitioners
2pm – 5pm – Community participants/Amateur and/or voluntary arts and artists

2 April 2019 - Shoreditch Town Hall, London
10am – 1pm – Policymakers/Funders/Commissioners
2pm – 5pm – Arts organisation representatives / Producers

6 April 2019 - The Stirling Smith, Stirling
10am – 1pm – Participatory artists/Professional arts practitioners
2pm – 5pm – Community participants/Amateur and/or voluntary arts and artists

Admission at the workshops is free but places are very limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Travel bursaries may be available for artists and community participants who are not in full-time employment and might not otherwise be able to attend. If you would like to apply for travel assistance, please send an email to: [email protected], briefly explaining your need and how much financial support you would like to request.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to take part in the research, a short online survey will be developed soon. Please do get in touch at: [email protected] if you would like to be contacted when this is available to complete.