My friend and former Ikon colleague Kate Self and I have been looking for ways to work together for ages, and we’ve found it: a project on behalf of Greater Manchester Arts, which engages both of our interests: artist development (me) and participatory practice (Kate).
We’ve been invited to map provision and make recommendations for professional development activity for artists working within community and Health & Wellbeing sectors. Partners include HOME, Castlefield, The Lowry and both Manchester-based Universities, alongside contributions from Arts Officers and individual artists.
This work responds to GM’s local authority devolution – one of the first cross-district authorities in England to do so. Hopefully others will follow suit, and recognise the contribution that their artists can make to a wider public agenda.
We’ll publish our report and recommendations by mid-April. Check back here if you’re interested to read it!