Our participation work aims to engage with people (particularly young people) who don’t necessarily identify as artists or have limited access to creative opportunities. For us contemporary performance practice provides a unique and valuable means with which to question and inspire, which we believe helps develop life-skills and creative thinking.
Participation for us is about opening-up creative opportunities, developing new ideas and passing on ways of working and thinking that come from our practice. It’s about increasing access to the approaches developed in our artistic work and about learning from people whose experience and skills are new to us.
In all the projects we make and develop, collaboration with partners is essential to reach a broad range of people. Current partners include The Element Society, ACCT, SAYiT and Handsworth Grange School in Sheffield and the British Council who supported our ‘Table Stories’ projects in Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Our participation work is led by Terry O’Connor who works closely with the Participation Producer and a team of freelance practitioners. Past and present workshop leaders and assistants include: Imogen Ashby, Hester Chillingworth, Matthew Evans, Alfie Heffer, Ethel Maqeda, Soraya Nabipour, Ali Pidsley and Tilly Varrall.
To hear more about our participation work or for more information about any of our projects please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We gratefully acknowledge support for our participation work from the following Trusts and Foundations:
- Paul Hamlyn Foundation
- Bluecoat & Mount Pleasant Educational Foundation
- JG Graves Trust
- Sheffield Grammar School Exhibition Foundation
- Sheffield Town Trust
- James Neill Trust Fund
- D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
This money enables us to create exciting opportunities for young people to engage with the arts. Find out more about how you can support our work here.