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Learning Lab engages the Platforma North West Hub, but also seeks to include artists, cultural workers, organisations, activists, academics and change-makers interested in forging alliances through working together.

Learning Lab: Brexit, Migration and Communities – A Call to Creative Action

 

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Learning Lab: Brexit, Migration and Communities – A Call to Creative Action

Learning Lab engages the Platforma North West Hub, but also seeks to include artists, cultural workers, organisations, activists, academics and change-makers interested in forging alliances through working together.

It combines lively debate, shares ways of working cooperatively and shares learning from case studies from different regions.

Learning Lab 2017 was shaped by the following provocations:

  • What role does art and culture play in a post-referendum landscape?
  • How can arts and culture engage with communities experiencing the harsh reality of austerity policies?
  • Can arts and culture bring communities together in a time of increasing political and social division?
  • How might the arts tap into the deep resilience of communities?
  • How can arts and culture inspire communities to build capacity, respond to ongoing challenges and define their own futures?

Learning Lab partners included: Community Arts North West (CAN), Counterpoints Arts and the University of York, Northern Migration Network.

A video documenting the presentations and groups discussions from our recent Learning Lab; Brexit, Migration and Communities was screened at Waseda University in Tokyo in June 2017 as part of an exhibition to explore art, community, Brexit and Cultural Studies in the UK.

The exhibition, supported by cultural tycoon, shared work by international artists and also featured video and discussion events using the Learning Lab as a platform for debate. It was attended by Japanese and British curators, artists, students, researchers and interested members of the public. There are plans for a further exhibition incorporating the Learning Lab footage again.

Here are the Learning Lab videos:

 

Thanks to Counterpoints Arts, HOME, Platforma and the University of York for their collaboration on this programme.

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