New Model Visual Arts Institutions and Social
Engagement was done by research team Lynn Froggett, Alastair
Roy, Robert Little, Leah Whitaker and funded by Arts Council
England North West, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Northern Rock
The study asks how socially engaged visual arts practice can change individuals and communities - or put it another way: what are the ingredients of transformation through the arts. FACT was delighted to be one of the four intensive organisational case studies. We were selected because of our "significance in this emergent field" and the ways in which we "combine local embeddness with international resonance", and we were thrilled to have out work recognised alongside peer organisations Artangel (London), CCA (Glasgow), and Grizedale (Cumbria)
We very much welcomed this opportunity to work with a research partner to unravel and evaluate our models of participatory arts engagement and commissioning - ideas which are central central to FACT's core organisational aims and objectives. Working with UCLAN was a valuable experience for us and we are looking at ways to link up with them on future projects.