Learning Lab is part of the Platforma North West Hub which supports artists, cultural workers, organisations, activists, academics and change-makers to forge alliances and make new creative projects exploring models from other 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: CAN, Counterpoints Arts, the University of York and the Northern Migration Network.
The video documenting Learning Lab’s work – Learning Lab: Brexit, Migration and Communities – was screened at Tokyo’s Waseda University in June 2017 as part of an exhibition exploring art, community, Brexit, and Cultural Studies in the UK.
The exhibition – supported by cultural typhoon – featured video from international artists and discussion events using the Learning Lab as a platform for discussion. The event was attended by Japanese and British curators, artists, students, researchers, and the public. There are plans for a further exhibition incorporating the Learning Lab videos.
Thanks to Counterpoints Arts, HOME, Platforma and the University of York