Question: How long does a typical iteration of the enSHRINE project last?
Projects are developed in collaboration with partners, so this is flexible. From our experience with the previous 3 iterations of the project we've found as little a couple of days of CPD workshops can be extremely useful for an organisation (see quotes below). For a residency- based project (which includes CPD, workshops with constituents and development of an artwork/ events/ installation / toolkit) we've found 9 months a comfortable minimum and are working on developing residencies up to 24 months in duration.
Question: What do you mean by "residency" ?
We use the term "residency" to mean long term, focused creative relationship, not necessarily periods of time physically in residence at a venue. There are various reasons for this, including:
The project was developed during 2020-22 when covid restrictions largely prevented working on in-person residencies
We develop our projects around the principle that "Hast Excludes". We've found the focus of Social Art on long term, slowly developed relationships, and practices doesn't lend itself to traditional artist residency models. Through previous iterations of enSHRINE (and other projects and collaborations) we've developed a series of blended exchange, engement and sharing activities including digital, postal and in person that we feel really suit these longer, slower ways of working
Kitt is parent to two young children, making long term, in-person residencies practically and emotionally complicated. However, we're definitely open to suggestions about short, well-supported, family centric, in-person residencies
Kitt is disabled and requires some access support that is incompatible with long stays away from their home in Newcastle
Question: How much does an enSHRINE residency cost?
One off / short term (1-5 days) CPD / consultancy: £350 a day, plus travel, accommodation, materials, and access support costs (please email Sarah Li for more detailed information)
Longer projects are developed in collaboration with organisations / venues so costs can vary substantially.
We've created a couple of example budgets (based on real projects) to give an idea of costs:
9 month project with around £1000 of in kind support from commissioning organisation (staff time, space for exhibition, promotion)
2 x staff CPD sessions,
6x online workshops,
draft safer space policy
15 month project with £ 6,000 in kind support from comissiong organisation
6x staff CDP sessions (online and in person)
14 workshops (online and in person)
Physical installation on site at commissioning organisation venue
Digital space and tools
Policy recommendations across 3 main areas of organisational activity
"Accountability check ins" 3, 6 and 9 months after the official "end" of the residency
You can download the example budgets HERE
Question: How much staff support does an enSHRINE residency need?
In terms of practical support the residencies don't need substantial staff support. We would definitely need:
A key member of staff to liaise with re booking space, accessing organisational resources and facilitate community introductions
Support with internal comms (promoting workshop to staff, supporting staff to attend workshops CPD sessions, systems for freelance staff to attend and be reimbursed for attending workshops, access to current organisational documents like risk assessments, policies etc)
In terms of support for the wider aims and values of the project, staff interested and enthusiasm is essential. In previous iterations of the project it's been important to have:
Interest from members of senior management teams / trustees in developing policy as a direct result of the residency
Interest in staff from all teams in attending workshops/ CPD sessions
Capacity for members of different teams (for example curatorial and learning and engagement) to attend workshops/ CPD sessions/ meetings at the same time
Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary/ cross departmental working and participatory practice
Interest in and capacity to develop meaningful, long term change in policy and procedure
Question: Will an enSHRINE residency build our audience for participatory / community / socially engaged projects?
Possibly, but that's certainly not the focus. The residencies work best when an organisation already has strong relationships with local communities / constituents. The residencies operate on the basis that an organisation will introduce the enSHRINE team to groups / communities they already work with and have built up a certain level of trust with.
Question: Does an organisation need to commit exhibition space to the residency outcomes?
No, in fact none of the organisations involved in the previous 3 iterations of the project have been able to do this. All three iterations have resulted in digital installations, development of tools/ documents / resources and exhibitions / events off site. It's a flexible model and can include sharing work in less traditional space- like in outside spaces, cafe's, family rooms etc. However, we are interested in the possibilities of work being programmed in exhibition space and are keen to work with institutions and venues who can support this in the future.
Question: Will an enSHRINE residency engage with artists local to the organisation or currently working with/ showing at the venue?
Yes please!!- we see this exchange as an important and exciting element of the project. We write in budget to, at least, pay local artists to meet and chat with us. Ideally to also work alongside us running workshops and making work. For us this is a way to exchange and develop communities of practice around participatory approaches and methodologies. As members of the Social Art Network, the enSHRINE team are particularly keen to work with local socially engaged artist communities.
We feel it's important to note that, while hugely enthusiastic about the aims of the project, some artists have been very wary of being named as co-authors of works made as part of enSHRINE, fearing that local arts organisations / institutions will view their participation as "trouble making" resulting in losing work / connections. It is devastating to hear this and, in our opinion, supports the need for the kind of spaces and conversations facilitated by projects like enSHRINE.