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The politics of participation

7 : and the sheep looked on

Posted in: by Pete Moser on 20 March 2015
Tagged with: Artworks conversations

We meet in a lovely decorated space before a show
In the Old Fire Station that is the home of Eden Arts
Mainly visual artists drawn from across Cumbria
Dorothy, Cat, Caroline, Alex 
Connie, Jacki, Laura and Jo
Vian, Dawn and a couple who come late
Whose names I don't know.

Starting together with brief introductions
We start to tease out what we mean by quality.
This is an experienced crew of artists
Used to working in every type of community
From Tullie House Museum to a West Coast PRU
In schools, theatres, residential homes
These are people with vision and values

We touch upon ownership, relevance and inclusion
We talk about 'keeping people in the room'
Process and product, teaching and learning
Transferable skills and 'personality bloom'
Funding schemes and accountability
And of course in Cumbria, the issue of rurality

We end by creating this lovely list 
When we see this in the room we recognise quality

Respect
Response
Inspiration
Integrity
Curiosity
Atmosphere
Effort
Connection
Experience
Understanding
Taking Part


And the sheep looked on (see gallery)