Artists Make Change is a 12-month research and development project, carried out by a-n Artists Council, designed to explore the role of the artist in society, and in particular to assess, and advocate for, how artists and art organisers can effectively work for change.

The project aims to build an understanding of current contexts, to offer information and developmental support for artists, and, through a series of engaged, participatory activities, to find consensus, offer possibilities for and generate momentum to find more effective ways for artists to be considered as an integral part in shaping the future of the country.

The project is being led by Artists Council members Glen Stoker, a visual artist and Director of Stoke-on-Trent-based artist-led project AirSpace Gallery, and Rachel Dobbs, an artist and educator based in Plymouth.

This week sees the publication of five Discussion Reports, made in response to a series of 90 minute Public Group Discussions which took place throughout June online on Zoom. These were designed to tease out and explore the themes covered in the five Artists Make Change Case Study Presentations.

The discussions looked at five themes:

The original Case Study Presentations are viewable on the a-n and AirSpace YouTube channels.

Please contact the Artists Make Change team at [email protected] with any thoughts and feedback, or with any questions about upcoming activity.

1. Artists Make Change: Group Discussion