Creative People and Places in Lockdown: responses and learning

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Welch K

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Creative People and Places

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Creative People and Places in Lockdown: responses and learning is a short series of Case Studies that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Creative People and Places projects and how they responded. Each of the five Case Studies explores a different theme.

Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme (CPP) is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in arts and culture experiences in the places where they live. There are 33 projects, each located in a place where people are least likely to engage with arts and culture.

Working with artists through lockdown. Case study 1 reports on how Lockdown refocused the work of many established community networks set up by Places, as energy had to be re-orientated towards immediate and basic needs. Simultaneously, networks of artists and creative collaborators faced the challenges of losing work and income overnight. In order to support more people to take a lead in choosing, creating and taking part in arts and culture experiences in their local area, Places needed to rethink how they could work alongside artists, as well as with communities.

The role of digital engagement in place-based projects: Case study 2 looks at the role of digital tools in delivering creative projects online, as well as maintaining connection, communication and friendship. It examines the role that digital engagement can play in place-based projects.

Touch, connection and creativity: Case study 3 explores some of the projects that artists and communities have initiated to explore the role of creativity in mitigating the impact of loss of touch and physical contact enforced by COVID-19.

Basic needs and creativity: Case study 4 examines the role for creativity in communities, as people struggle to meet their most basic needs, and how creativity and engagement in arts activities can boost mental health. The CPP approach of working with, for and alongside communities was viewed as a vital tool in helping Places to cope with, adapt to, and recover from the effects of COVID.

Risk, failure, learning and resilience: Case study 5 reflects on how, in a time when much of “normal activity” and projects have been cancelled or put on hold in 2020, some new, interesting and exciting creativity has emerged. It explores the lenses through which Places consider their success or failure, the factors that shape their appetite to risk, and the conditions that allow learning and development to flourish from failure.

Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Welch, K. (2020). Creative People and Places in Lockdown: responses and learning. UK: Creative People and Places.