enSHRINE

Lady Kitt 2019-22

Exploring & sharing creative tools organisational development through social art 

ACE and AHRC funded

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“What a brilliant and thought-provoking piece of work – thank you for your care and criticality.”
Vicky Sturrs, Head of Learning and Civic Engagement,
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, in response to "enSHRINE SAFEDI", 2022

 

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The enSHRINE project is led by artist and researcher Lady Kitt in collaboration with composer & producer Sarah Li, illustrator & gender equality activist Sofia Barton and socially engaged artist & architect Dan Russell.

 

enSHRINE offers organisations space and tools to explore and share effective techniques for embedding co-creation in their organisational and creative work. These can be delivered through three distinct, but related, activities:

  1. Social Art Residencies (1-18 months, digital / physical)

  2. Programming a visit from "sustain" our temporary, constantly evolving travelling shrine to sustenance / sustainability (1 day- 2 weeks)

  3.  Short series of CPD workshops / mentoring sessions focussing on co-creation / safer spaces / environmental sustainability / access (1-3 days)

“Art Confined Shrine” Installation, 2020 co created with DGA @ Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle

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enSHRINE residencies, installations and CPD can be used by organisations to:

  • Make their (creative and organisational) work more accessible, environmentally responsible and community / locally centred 

  • Develop / disrupt / queer / (re)craft, grow and change their own organisational practices

  • Creatively consult communities of local people 

We have designed two documents for potential commissioners / programmers, one about hosting Social Art Residencies and one about programming "sustain". If you would like to be sent a copy of these, please email enSHRINE project producer Sarah Li: sarahli.ladykitt@gmail.com,  with the heading "Social Art Residencies /  sustain Touring

Documents"

“enSHRINE SAFEDI” Digital Installation, 2021, hosted by Social Art Library

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enSHRINE : iterations of the project so far and examples of what has happened

 

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2016-18, The Making Manifesto (precursor to enSHRINE), Social Art Residency @ Byker Community Center, Newcastle 

What happened? Co created, sung manifesto about the ways in which making can support the center's local and global communities. Hear the song via this link

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2019-21 enSHRINE #1, Social Art Residency with LGBTQIA+ community arts group DGA, Newcastle, Funded by Arts Council England

What happened? Co-creation of a Safer, Braver spaces policy with members of the group, of which they said:

  • “the 1st time ive read a policy document that felt like a hug.”

  • “Its really easy to see how the discussions and activities that made up (en)Shrine have pulled through to forming the policies. Its easy to read and understand, its thoughtful and willing to learn with the people it looks after. Lovely stuff.” 

A co-created physical and digital installation exploring consent in safer / braver spaces, developed in collaboration with feminist academic  Dr Tina Sikka. The installation has gone on to be exhibited at National Center on Restorative Justice (USA). Spaces of Consent digital installation can be accessed  via this link.

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2020-21 enSHRINE #2, Social Art Residency (digital) with disabled artist led consortium Disconsortia

What happened?

  • A co-created a series of “Project Exchange Rates” specifically for Disconsortia and a “Project Exchange Rates” template for organisations to use more widely (the template can be accessed here)

  • Kitt was commissioned to make a floral tribute text for the exhibition "At The Table" to share a key message from the residency ("Haste Excludes" image left)

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2021-22 enSHRINE SAFEDI (#3), Commission as part of SAFEDI with BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, AXIS, Social Art Network and Manchester Metropolitan University, Funded by AHRC

What happened?

  • Co-created physical and digital installations through which audiences are invited to navigate an Access Obstacle Course (representing barriers to cultural participation) and engage with a series of Access Recitations (creative suggestions of how to remove these barriers). The enSHRINE SAFEDI installation can be accessed here.

  • Policy recommendations shared with BALTIC and through the wider SAFEDI project with organisations around the UK

2022 enSHRINE #4, Framing Social Art in Collections, with Durham University, Arts& Heritage and Warwickshire County Record Office, funded by Arts Council England and Durham University

What happened?

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Further resources from the project so far:

Policy Change Power Objects

What: “Power Object” is phrase used by campaigner and craftivist Sarah Corbett. It describes a hand-made object which reminds the maker of the power they have to create and to change things around them, both physically and conceptually. In the enSHRINE Project these objects were made out of policy documents.

Why: Making these objects can form a “backdrop” to conversation about policy change (by using current organisational policy documents which need updating) or policy development/ creation (by taking policy document from other organisations as a basis)

Specific policy application: This activity is useful as a starting point for general policy discussions and can be used specifically for conversation around health and safety, safeguarding and saver / braver spaces policy. Follow this link for a Power Point which can be used in / adapted for workshop settings.

 

How does it work:

  • The act of cutting up/ re- making/ re- cycling policy documents offers a very practical opportunity to see the documents in a different way

  • The completed object(s) can be kept in a prominent place in the work space to remind participants of their “power” and their ability to make (objects and decisions)

  • The house template is designed so it can be folded and un-folded multiple times, the physical act of re-making the house uses “multi-sensory learning techniques” to prompt recall of the conversations, feelings, ideas and decisions which took place whilst it was originally being made.

  • The form of a house and theme of the crafting session (House, home, freedom and safety) can be used to encourage specific discussion around what a safe/ safer/ braver space can look and feel like

“Project Exchange Rates” describes an approach to exploring, negotiating, communicating and managing responsibilities and benefits of collaborative art making.  "Exchange Rates" are developed collectively with people involved in each project. They have included things like:

  • organising access / wellbeing support

  • deciding what types of behaviours are acceptable in a project and ways in which everyone involved can support one another in these

  • deciding how people are credited

  • exploring approaches to copywrite in collaboratively created artworks

  • agreeing the number of hours each person will dedicate to a project

  • finding ways for the project to benefit the local environment 

          "In socially engaged projects ( like this one) we talk about the “Exchange Rates” of the project. This means           what people are putting into the project and what we all hope to enjoy in return. Often people involved are         putting their hard work, creative skills and imagination into the project. In exchange we think everyone                deserves recognition for this. That is why everyone involved is invited to be named as co-authors. "

Part of a statement from Lady Kitt and artist Sofia Barton about the exchange rates developed in their Durham University artist residency,  2020-21

In "enSHRINE" Kitt developed a "Policy Exchange Rate" template for organisations. This highlights the desire of an organization to consult on policy and develop open, care-filled, nuanced, mutually supportive relationships with members/ audiences / staff / constituents. This document is intended as an introduction to the role policy can play in supporting these symbiotic approaches. There is a link to a google doc template here:

"Policy Exchange Rate" template for organisations

 

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Policy "Exchange Rates"