November 16, 2018

Explore and Test: Evaluation and Critical Conversation

We want to share with you a ‘project evaluation’, which we commissioned our critical friend, Chrissie Tiller, to do in relation to our recent Explore and Test programme in 2017/2018. Project evaluations sometimes tend to be a bit ‘dry’ but we think this one packs a distinctive and creative punch.

The ‘Explore and Test’ programme was funded by Paul Hamlyn and did – literally – what it says on the ‘can’. We supported approximately 10 artists to explore and test their methodologies and ways of working in and with communities of place and interest. The focus on people and ‘place’ took precedent throughout with locations as far flung as Blackburn and Darwen, Halifax, Gresham in Middlesborough, Newcastle, Stockton, Wakefield and Nottingham. These place-based commissions ran alongside a series of touring installations, which swept their way across the UK and complimented the site-specific work.

Chrissie also embarked on a journey with these artists and with the team in Counterpoints Arts. You can get a feel for these conversations in this short publication and a sense of the unique evaluative style.

Do have a read and see how the evaluation critically frames the 10 commissions, helping to unpack, reflect and point to future scenarios for the creative and social value of such place-based work. And the transformative potential it promises to deliver.

See here: Explore and Test


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