Together we are Powerful included collaboration, exhibitions, gatherings, residencies, readings, talks, performances, meals, activities, discussions and events. It was a co–production between the Hub/National Centre for Craft and Design and their local community. It focused on listening and took objects, their stories and the comfort of things as its theme.
I was commissioned to facilitiate, support and develop the co-production and develop artworks for the gallery. We began with a series of meals for which I created Commonware
to support the proccess. All these meals brought residents, curators, managers, staff, indivduals from social care, the arts, local press, youth clubs, faith groups sport together to slowly grow a program and a manifesto, which is now used as the Hubs working policy. A Young Person Task Force and a Critical Friends Group was also developed within these events and continues to support the Hub.
Together we are powerful began initially with The Hub wanting to celebrate 20 years in their current building and bring in wider audiences. Working with co-production approaches helped them recognised where the power lay and forge new realtionships to redistribute it. Their ambition to explore the potential of their wider community and how this all could be brought together for the greater good has led to an emotional journey that has seen strategic organisational change
During the 4,5 month program the Hub showcased an ever growing collection of objects and their stories, all temporarily loaned by locals. Alongside which an ongoing participatory artwork by three commissioned visual artists in residence was created, where the materials and ideas held in each iteration were utilised, like in a chain reaction process-led way. There was a writer in residence who turned many conversations into a reflective evocative text and a musician improvised in response to the objects loaned. Artist suggested and then led meals that brought often unheard voices and unexperessed veiws into the open. Further program included community-led activity such as open mic nights, mindfullness walks, workshops, talks, meals and suppers, a death cafe, Tai Chi, dance, council meetings, theatre, family activity and a series of show and tells.