Friday, 2 December 2011

Thinking ahead

There is no doubt we have been inspired here both as individuals and as a group. This was a risk coming here, will it full fill expectations? What could we learn? Is it relevant to Brierfield? Wednesday was a turning point, presenting as In-Situ to the PRH team and community raised lots of questions for the group, about they they fit in individually and as through their respective orgainisations. We had a very challenging and productive conversation. The speed in which we have moved to get this ready, has been great, but this week and our conversations with the group has enabled us to explore very deeply our future partnerships and how we can collectively make an impact. There have been some key moments for a lot of people and the group have all had experiences in some form to inspire and challenge.

We have been able to be honest and open with all our thoughts and the process has changed the nature of the conversations for me (Paul) with the group member having experienced first hand the role arts have played in the renewal here at PRH

Collectiveley we have committed to a joint visioning process and developing a clarity on long term goals but a newly formed understanding that we can make mistakes and try things, if we are strong together

We have also learnt lots about organising and running a trip like this! Paul Hartley (In-situ)

1 comment:

  1. You make a very interesting point there Paul. With the nature of Arts funding being so product/outcome orientated, the opportunities to "try things", experiment, make mistakes, and dare I say occasionally fail, are few and far between. I think the majority of us are more influenced by process than product, (and possibly products of some processes....) yet try selling that in a funding application; "yeah, I'm gonna DO loads of great exciting stuff that's good for the soul and see what happens...", ...not the strategic thinking that gets the money. Yet, that's what a burgeoning few are exhibiting a strong desire for, the permission to DO and 'have a go' at making great art. Unfortunately we all seem to be bogged down in filling-in funding applications to satisfy the constantly changing priorities and objectives of those who determine what great art IS, a process which results in many of us left empathising with Sisyphus and yer man Tantalus...

    I once worked with someone who had such a fear of failing, that he spent all of his time planning and never doing, if he had the opportunity to do and potentially succeed meant that he could also fail, hence, he never did anything, apart from writing lots of strategies on how to do things. He secured promotion from the 'coalface' quite quickly, which was intriguing.

    I think we really have to look at alternative sources/methods of funding to obtain the permission to pursue those goals and ensure the Arts can have the effect and achieve that potential we recognise.


    (Looking forward to hearing all about it, presently sat in the vets whilst my rabbit has a shave ...long story!)

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