Participate is a new programme from A3 Project Space that will support their studio members to collectively deliver a programme of socially engaged projects. The Digbeth-based project space and studios has relaunched as an artist-led space run by studio members Trevor Pitt, Cathy Wade, Ben Sadler and Philip Duckworth (Juneau Projects), Adam Carver and Carolyn Morton.
Utilising their Digbeth workspace as a base the artists will work in various locations to engage a range of participants:
– Fisherman along canals to initiate conversations
– Artists and makers to learn skills in digital laser cutting
– Canal walkers to explore eco-printing
– People who identify as Womxn to explore environments
– Queer song writers to share ideas and Creative practitioners to develop skills in project delivery.
– Support in planning an art project & writing a funding application
Participate will engage local communities with the arts and support creative practitioners to develop their practice in their locality via group workshops, 1-2-1 mentoring, public encounters and exploration. The aim of the project is to explore different strategies to engage people with contemporary art practice, and the findings of the artists will be shared online and at a public event.
The programme will run from March to August, commissioning 8 artists, engage 55 participants and culminate in a public event on 26 September 2020 at which each artist will discuss their project and launch a publication that shares A3 Project Space’s strategy for a sustainable programme of public engagement.
Trevor Pitt, commented: ‘It’s been an adventure to have steered the organisation for the past 9 years and we have an amazing line up of studio members and I feel it is time for an exciting new phase in which we become a member-run artist space programmed collectively.’
Further information on Participate can be found on the A3 Project Space website.