Year One Summary and Evaluation Report
See it Creating opportunities for people in Manchester, Stockport and Trafford to experience vibrant and exciting art and culture, locally and beyond.
Say it Amplifying peopleâ€™s voices in Manchester, Stockport and Trafford by developing creative projects that express their own ideas, interests and passions. Nurturing local artists and arts organisations, growing their skills and capacity to support people in their neighbourhood.
Do it Unlocking peopleâ€™s creative potential and making great art happen.
Context See it! Say it! Do It! is a partnership project between Manchester, Stockport and Trafford councils, managed by Lets Go Global and funded through the Greater Manchester Arts Officer Network’s Strategic Arts Fund Programme (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities & Arts Council England). The project is initiating a new approach to engaging neighbourhood areas in arts and culture across these three Greater Manchester authorities. It is developing activities that grow from the interests and passions of the people living in them, and celebrating and supporting existing vibrant creative opportunities. The See it! Say it! Do it! neighbourhoods are:
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East Manchester — wards of Ancoats & Clayton, Newton Heath & Miles Platting and Bradford www.seeitsayitdoit.co.uk/manchester Trafford — areas of Old Trafford, Partington and Sale West www.seeitsayitdoit.co.uk/trafford Stockport — neighbourhoods of Adswood & Bridgehall, Brinnington, Central and Offerton. www.seeitsayitdoit.co.uk/stockport
This evaluation summarises activity and outcomes from October 2012 to September 2013.
Aims “See it! Say it! Do it! is all about stimulating conversations and connections between Greater Manchester’s fantastic arts and heritage offer and residents. It’s about igniting creative sparks, encouraging participation in arts and culture and people seeing their voices having an influence on arts in their own community and beyond. For the authorities involved; Manchester, Stockport and Trafford, it has harnessed much needed capacity, knowledge and expertise at a time of reducing internal resources. See it! Say it! Do it! is creating partnerships, supporting local artists, enriching residents lives, improving communication and exploring funding opportunities — so that more can happen independently in the future.” Zoe Williams, Community and Cultural Services, Manchester City Council
See it Say it Do it Year one
The project began in October 2012 with a research and development phase mapping current activity to develop a good understanding of existing arts infrastructures, offers and priorities for the individual areas. We made links with artists and cultural organisations, local community and voluntary groups and neighbourhood teams. From our research, a delivery model was established for each area and this evaluation documents a snap shot of the impact and outcomes so far. A dedicated website has also been set up to present the process and showcase work as the projects unfold: www.seeitsayitdoit.co.uk
Manchester In East Manchester we have connected residents with the culture offer of the city, exploring the city’s Cultural Ambition theme “Community Inspired,” which is all about cultural opportunities and provision being inspired and shaped by Manchester’s residents.
Participants began by analysing the City’s cultural offer, discussing publicity, what’s on offer, how to get there and choosing venues to visit. Practicalities of group size, date and time of activity and travel arrangements were all a factor in deciding where to go. Some findings from this included:
So far 8 local groups have taken part including young people, adult English Language learners, parents and children, heritage enthusiasts, adults with learning difficulties and community volunteers. The Council’s Community and Cultural Services; East Manchester Regeneration Team, Adactus Housing and other partners are all helping shape the programme.
UÊÊ TÊ he cultural offer is enormous and it is difficult to access information and to know about everything that is going on. UÊÊ TÊ here isn’t enough information available in local centres where the groups meet. UÊÊ B Ê rochures that are vibrant, busy, with strong simple images and messages are attractive — unlike those that had too much text on the front!
The groups then visited arts venues, taking part in workshops and writing reviews about their experiences
“I’ve always been a bit wary about taking him (4 year old son) to the theatre as I wasn’t sure that he would sit still for so long, but I’m much more confident about it now and have since booked to take him and our one year old to watch In the Night Garden Live.” Claire, The Borrowers, of her trip to Z-Arts
“Bridgewater Hall pulled out all the stops. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves…. It enthused them, it’s really invigorated the group.” Elaine, Ordinary Lifestyles lead
A network of individuals from across the groups now come together every 6 weeks to share, discuss and plan future cultural experiences and activities. The meetings have been hosted by different arts and cultural venues. Representatives from the host organisation and others are invited to meet the group and engage them in dialogue about their offer.
“We hosted a visit by See It! Say It! Do It! groups from East Manchester including The Borrowers and The Newton Heath History Society. This was a great opportunity for us to engage with these groups, connecting further into the community and we hope they left the session with a clearer understanding of the Brighter Sound & Band On The Wall offer. We’re particularly excited at the prospect of some historical BOTW artifacts being unearthed in a loft in East Manchester!”
The project coordinator has met with a number of interested arts and cultural organisations exploring with them how their offer might become more local – helping organisations to promote their community offers; supporting neighbourhood programming, establishing funding and activity partnerships with other groups and non city centre arts organisations. As we enter into the project’s second year emerging possibilities include; groups and individuals becoming cultural champions and programmers within their networks, much better awareness of arts and culture in the city, delivery partnerships between residents and organisations that help shape East Manchester’s own cultural offer and unearth residents own creative talents.
Gareth Bibby, Brighter Sound
See It U 248 people from East Manchester have visited a cultural venue Venues visited: MOSI, Ordsall Hall, John Rylands Library, The Dance House, The Lowry, The Whitworth, Bridgewater Hall, Cornerhouse, The Royal Exchange, Z-Arts, Clayton Hall, Manchester Art Gallery, National Football Museum
Say it U 4 network meetings haven taken place U 15 Cultural Champions are regularly attending network meetings and corresponding through the website and via the project coordinator U 7 arts and cultural organisations in dialogue with the network
Do it Workshops participated in: Contact Theatre’s Creative Experts, Bridgewater Hall percussion, Whitworth Gallery den building, TV Acting at Z-Arts, Manchester Art Gallery’s Open House
U Community inspired cultural offer U Resident led activity U Resident networks established U Volunteer development
Stockport In Stockport we have worked with local people from 4 selected neighbourhoods to create a programme of arts activities selected by the residents. Local artists and organisations, alongside established artists from Greater Manchester have delivered high quality activity and created a new network to share and develop skills and knowledge, ensuring best practice across the area.
Adswood & Bridgehall Working with young people and volunteers, we have been looking at how arts activity can develop new skills, as well as promoting play and curiosity. The Roc Café project linked young people with Fettle Animation and support artist, Rachel Peers. Together, they explored different animation techniques. Volunteers from the group worked with the artists in a peer learning exercise, passing their new skills onto other volunteers. The Adswood Youth panel took part in an 8-week project with Manchester based theatre and creative company The Larks. They created their own pervasive game, “Witches and Wizards,” which was played at two community events in August, organised and led by the young people.
See It U 124 audiences watching online animations U 60 young people and families played Witches and Wizards
Say it U 13 young people jointly developed and led their own pervasive game
Do it U 40 young people participated in the animation or Larks projects, taking part in 15 sessions U 6 members of staff or volunteers supported sessions and received training and skills development U Young people nurturing skills in leadership, communication and creativity U Volunteer development U Creative exploration and play by children and their families
Brinnington Local arts organisation ARC, were already in conversation with local groups about an Arts Trail. We were able to invest additional resources to expand the programme into an Arts Festival in March 2013. Following on from the festival’s success, ARC have held regular networking events giving groups a chance to get to know each other, raising awareness of the groups and looking at long-term planning for the future. Out of these sessions the Made in Brinnington brand has emerged, an enterprise venture for local artists and makers.
“The purpose of the festival was to engage local people in quality arts and cultural experiences, supporting local arts groups and engaging new participants. It enabled people to be creative, finding out what others in the community were doing and celebrating local talent.” Associate artists Steph MacKenzie, ARC
See It U 626 people saw some part of the festival as an audience member U 14 community groups were involved in developing the festival, exhibiting their work and remain engaged in the network
Say it U 23 events made up the festival, celebrating creative communities and groups across Brinnington
Do it U 585 people participated in an aspect of the festival, including 183 under 18 year olds and 37, 19–24 year olds U 80 people gave 1,473 volunteer hours to make the festival a success U 16 artists were employed U Established artists network; joined up activity through the festival and Made in Brinnington brand U Celebration and increased awareness of the creative communities in the area U Greater participation in creative activity
“We really enjoyed taking part in Brinnington Arts Festival. It gave us an opportunity to showcase our artwork in a different way. We attended workshops and saw artwork created by our fellow local artists. We really felt part of it.” Abigail Betton, Pure Innovations
Central In Stockport Central we are working alongside the neighbourhood management team and public health, commissioning MaD Theatre Company to develop a piece of theatre with residents of the area. The performance will communicate the findings of a piece of research, about the use and misuse of alcohol and will be performed in October 2013 at the Peter Barkworth Theatre, Stockport College. MaD are working with a cast of 23 people, mainly dads and their teenage daughters, on a weekly basis to devise and develop this piece of theatre. In the long-term we hope to see the play tour to other parts of Greater Manchester and establish a MaD Stockport based drama group, as the group are really keen to carry on once the play has been performed.
See It U Around 600 people will see the play over 3 performances
Say it U 23 adults and young people have been involved in devising and developing this piece of theatre alongside MaD Theatre Company
Do it U 60 residents attended taster sessions to find out more about the project U 23 participants have committed around 1,000 hours, to develop and rehearse the performance U 18 residents will be gaining work experience in technical theatre and front of house U New experiences and skills for participants, in acting and theatre development U Increased awareness of issues around alcohol and it’s effects U Introduction for MaD Theatre Company to the area, and a long-term presence to be developed U Creative exploration and play by children and their families
“Roy* started the group shy and nervous. He’s really come into his own; his confidence has grown, he’s taking part and really enjoying himself.” Jill from MaD (*name changed)
Offerton In Offerton, we worked with artist Jo Hall and Jo Brannon from the neighbourhood management team to develop the Art Club project, a fortnightly drop in programme that enables local people to engage with creative activity.
“This project started in December 2012. I was asked to think about how I could bring creativity to my local community. My vision was to bring creative ideas and experiences to everyone, inclusive of age and ability. I needed some help to make this a success and was given the name of a local young man, David Cheshire. David became my ‘glamorous’ assistant! He’s gone on to secure and lead on an arts project for Savy in Stockport over the summer. We have had so many magic moments! We had a BBC animator Kevin Taylor visit the group, along with jewellery designer, Lucie Fitzpatrick and Tracey McGuiness-Kelly who wrote and illustrated the book ‘Bad Cat’. My high point came in June when the work in Offerton was recognised with a Safer Stockport partnership award. We’re now looking at other funding streams and opportunities to continue running the project into 2014.” Jo Hall, Offerton resident artist
See It U Participants worked with 3 national and international artists seeing their work at the arts club U A regular arts club has raised the profile of Offeton’s community centre arts programme
Say it U Over 60 children and 20 adults have told us they want to be part of the art club U Each session 2 artists of the week are selected as recognition of exceptional creativity or for getting stuck in and having a go at something new
Arts in Stockport In June 2013 we hosted a networking and shared practice session at The Hatworks for artists. It gave an understanding of the project aims as a whole, within Stockport, and more widely with Manchester and Trafford. It was a great opportunity for artists to present their work and how they’ve engaged groups, reflecting on outcomes so far and making new connections. We can now progress into year two collaboratively.
Do it U 15 young artists are working towards their Discovery Arts Award U 14 art club sessions have been delivered U 6 young people up-skilled from the group to be volunteers at each session U New experiences, volunteering and employment opportunities have been created for Offerton residents
attended the first networking session
In Trafford, projects have been focusing on supporting people and groups already doing great arts and cultural activity, and exploring how we share that more widely.
Old Trafford In Old Trafford we put out a brief for partners and artists to respond, out of which 4 projects were commissioned. Each has provided Old Trafford residents the opportunity to celebrate their identity, creativity and stories. St John’s Centre hosted an International Women’s Day event, exploring journeys women have made to come to live or work in Old Trafford. Working with artist Charlotte Newson, they created bags and gave voice recordings of their stories. A book is in the process of being created to share the stories and artwork collected. A sewing and crafting group started in September 2013 as a direct outcome from this project.
SciLight Arts are a user led group, we commissioned artist Jo Cushing to create work with them, exploring the history of the women’s vote. The group were able to use the project to engage new members, explore new artistic techniques and stretch their skills by working with a professional artist. They plan to exhibit their banners in a school and art space. Seed Studios have worked with professional musician Raul Carrenoin, to mentor five artists / bands. This project has enabled service users of Seed Studios to write, produce and release their debut EP, which is now for sale and being performed at launch gigs. OT News were commissioned to record elements of the See it! Say it! Do it! projects, as well as share and celebrate the creativity of the area, both in print and on their website. This was used as a tool to reach other residents about the artistic communities in the area.
See It “I really enjoyed the day. The patterns enabled me to create a bag that I am very proud of – I think many women felt the same. The event gave me a safe place to be creative.” Old Trafford resident
UÊÊ250 people attended performances by Seed Studio musicians over 3 gigs UÊÊ16 people visited People’s History Museum as inspiration for artwork
Say it UÊÊ11 women recorded their stories for the “Travelling Bags” project UÊÊ4 volunteers have been working with OT News to tell the creative story of the area
Do it UÊ 180 residents from Old Trafford have participated in activity through the projects UÊÊ7 artists and project workers have been employed to deliver their part of the project UÊÊIntroduction of new quality artistic partnerships to the area UÊ Increased awareness and opportunity for creative practice in the area UÊ Women’s voices and stories being shared
Partington Partnering with Trafford based organisation BlueSCI, we developed two programmes with artists in residence.
pARTington Caro Inglis and volunteer Matt Silcox were commissioned to explore the creative communities in Partington and to create a book. The aim of the work was to reveal the rich creative talent in Partington. A website was created, pARTington.com and a number of films and vinyl artwork were exhibited in the Library. The book is being launched in early October 2013.
See It U 165 people came to watch Partington residents perform in the HipHopera at Waterside Arts Centre U 40 people attended celebration events in Partington
BoomBox Janet Wolstenholme was BlueSCI’s musician in residence in Partington. Janet worked to generate interest in music making and unearth musicians in the area to access BoomBox studio. This produced two highly successful performances at RNCM and the HipHopera performed at Waterside Arts Centre. Janet has since gone on to secure further funds for the studio; buying a new mixer and ensuring her energetic presence remains in the area, benefiting more musicians in a studio led and run by themselves.
U 30 groups and individuals contributed to the pARTington book and films
Do it U 44 people were involved as artists, participants and volunteers for the HipHopera and RNCM concert, from Partington U 6 residents mentored and supported to develop further work in future U 16 artists were employed U Increased awareness of the creative communities in the area, both internally and to those from the outside U Greater opportunities for musicians in the area to write, record and perform through the development of a local studio
“I’m a person that’s spent their life being dedicated to friends and family and never done for myself. So I came into 2013 with the resolution that I’m getting everything done that I’ve always thought I wanted to do. My Mum and Dad always wanted us to go to the Royal Northern College of Music and it was weird because I ended up at the RNCM doing a performance of Pin Striped Suit, a poem I wrote about my Dad, performing that poem on the anniversary of his death.” Sarah Devent, writer and poet
Sale West We arrived in Sale West at the same time an arts strategy group was being formed. They were keen to develop a coherent and connected arts presence in the area. One member of the group was local resident and artist Jo Egerton. Who runs an art therapy company, Birds of Paradise: “The See it! Say it! Do it! project has given me a platform to fulfill my vision of using art for fun, education and health and has given the arts a presence in Sale West and a stronger platform to build from.” The Big Rug and Dream Machine was created, gathering resident’s hopes, dreams and aspirations in the form of a paper weave, to be incorporated into The Big Rug, and through the Dream Machine capturing peoples’ voice-recordings.
“I felt that it (Big Local Funding and this project) would be a good opportunity to take a step back; ask people how they spend their time, what they enjoy, what is special to them and what dreams and aspirations they have. In order to celebrate local people reinforcing that sense of identity and belonging, to capture ideas for moving forward.“ An exhibition and celebration day of The Big Rug is taking place at the end of October 2013. “Through the Big Rug, project money has been secured to support the start of an art club.” In our second project we have been working alongside Theatre of the Sense’s director, who is mentoring aspiring artists, Jamie and Kelly. Jamie is in the process of writing a play about Samuel Brooks and Kelly is playing Juliet in Theatre of the Senses’ interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. This project seeks to develop new talent and use the arts to create new opportunities for people.
See It! We anticipate:
U 500 people will see the Big Rug exhibited in Sale West and other venues in October until December U 150 Sale West residents will watch theatre pieces produced or supported by Theatre of the Senses in October and November
Say it! U 60 people have recorded nearly 90 minutes worth of recordings in the dream machine, which will be edited and shared at exhibitions and online
Do it! U 200 paper weaves have been submitted to form the Big Rug U 8 residents received training to deliver the Big Rug art workshops with their groups U Increased capacity of Sale West artists; volunteering opportunities generated, skills developed and awareness of arts projects raised U Provision of regular activity enabled and secured
Shared events One of the key aspects for this partnership has been the delivery of a series of shared events. These have connected stakeholders more widely, sharing practice, stimulating dialogue, celebrating success and learning new skills.
Evaluation Training In November 2012, we hosted a two session training programme for the Greater Manchester Arts Officers Network and artists to learn how to use the network’s new evaluation toolkit, which Lets Go Global and Institute of Cultural Practices, University of Manchester were commissioned to develop.
The Collaboration Each authority has taken a different approach to achieve the shared outcomes, each being responsive to their area’s needs, current infrastructures and resources already in place. Working in partnership has offered some significant benefits to all involved. We have seen “cross border” collaboration, shared resources, and a better understanding of the different roles arts and culture can play in our locality areas. We can shape future work by maximising our knowledge and capacity to move forward and to continue to deliver collaborative projects. Lets Go Global’s project management role has been instrumental; providing vision and coordination for the project. The company’s involvement in and knowledge of the arts and cultural landscape and connected networks has been of great benefit and has provided a level of external perspective, whilst still acknowledging the intricacies of the local authority.
U In October 2013 the partnership will host “Say it,” a one-day symposium for residents, artists, organisations and arts officers. This will discuss the future of the sector and how we can build and develop sustainable models and partnerships, ensuring groups and organisations diversify to thrive in changing economic times.
U We celebrated the project successes of See it! Say it! Do it! with our friends at Manchester Art Gallery, with a visit to the “Do it 2013” Exhibition, commissioned for Manchester International Festival
U We have 60 delegate places for the day
U 58 people attended the event
“It was a great event... to meet like minded creative individuals, bringing ‘colour’ to our local communities!” Jo Hall, Offerton resident artist
What next? Collectively UÊ ÊWork with the Greater Manchester Big Digital Project to develop exciting new content to support this work UÊ ÊContinue to share progress and successes both online and at events UÊ ÊMaximise opportunities to share across the 3 authorities, e.g. tours of exhibitions, visits etc.
Manchester UÊ ÊSupporting local people to be cultural champions and programmers within their networks UÊ ÊMeasure increases in awareness and up take of arts and culture in the city UÊ ÊDevelop delivery partnerships between residents and organisations UÊ ÊExplore potential to expand the model to other groups and areas
Stockport UÊ ÊDevelop a shared approach across all 4 areas in Stockport UÊ ÊEncourage activities to cross borders UÊ ÊContinue to build and equip artists delivering projects in the area UÊ ÊConnect activity to the Stockport Cultural Festival in 2014 and monthly Foodie Friday events in Stockport Market Place
Trafford UÊ ÊBuild on energy and momentum of projects and connections made in year 1 UÊ ÊDevelop new links with local artists and networks, as well as learning from other good practice UÊ ÊFind ways to connect Trafford projects and share good work across the borough e.g. joint exhibitions UÊ ÊMaximise opportunities to find match funding for projects, to increase possibility and sustainability
The Numbers September 2012 â€“ March 2013
Economic Impact Volunteers employed Volunteer hours Freelance project managers, facilitators and artists employed or trained Artists & creative business days employment Live Audience and Event visitors
Total 167 2124 34 110.5 985
Skills & Employability No. people receiving training People accessing other learning opportunities
Total 148 39
Social Impact Participation in Activity Hard to reach groups (individuals) Children & young people No. events, training sessions, network meetings
Total 992 992 336 38
April â€“ September 2013
Economic Impact Volunteers employed Volunteer hours Freelance project managers, facilitators and artists employed or trained Artists & creative business days employment Live Audience and event visitors
Total 58 331 42 104.5 676
Skills & Employability No. people receiving training People accessing other learning opportunities
Total 47 19
Social Impact Participation in Activity Hard to reach groups (individuals) Children & young people No. events, training sessions, network meetings Online Audience
Total 658 448 325 13 569
Numbers have been divided into financial years, due to reporting for funders.
PARTNERS: Manchester Creative Consultants: Kathy McArdle Paul Mayers, director of Curriculum Plus Culture Champion groups: The Borrowers YPAC youth club Get Experienced Newton Heath History Society Zest Healthy Lifestyles Ordinary Lifestyles Manchester Adult Education ESOL learners E-Relevant Youth Panel Partner venues and organisations: Band on the Wall Brighter Sound Bridgewater Hall Manchester Art Galleries Cornerhouse and Library Theatre, soon to be Home Contact Theatre Z-Arts Royal Exchange Theatre Whitworth Art Gallery Friends of Clayton Hall Unity Radio Characters, delivery organisation at Z-Arts Adactus Housing Eastland Homes City Council Community & Cultural Services and Regeneration area teams
Stockport ARC (Arts on Recovery in the Community) Jo Hall, Offerton resident artist Andy Powell, musician in Offerton, involved in initial planning Kath Shakleton, Fettle Animation Rachel Peers, graduate artist and previous Bridgehall resident The Larks MaD Theatre Company Public Health, Stockport Neighbourhood management Stockport College Trafford St Johns Centre BlueSCI SciLight Arts Seed Studios Charlotte Newson, artist Jo Cushing, artist Raul Carreno, musician Caro Inglis, artist in residence Matt Silcox, volunteer artist working with Caro Janet Wolstenholme, musician in residence Jo Egerton, Birds of Paradise Theatre of the Senses Jamie Wood, emerging artist Kelly Hipkiss, emerging artist Sale West and Ashton Partnership Family Matters, Sale West Waterside Arts Centre Cultural Partnership Network Arts and Cultural Development
www.seeitsayitdoit.co.uk U www.letsgoglobal.tv