Exploring connections and developing partnership between artists, academia and society
Creative Intersections was a collaborative partnership between King's and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) that ran from March to November 2012, which explored innovative models for effective partnerships between artists and academics across a wide range of art forms and academic disciplines. The central component of this programme lay in the realisation of these partnerships and sought to gain a deeper understanding of the conditions necessary for the co-design and co-creation of cross disciplinary work.
The project objectives were to:
- Develop an effective pilot model for partnerships between the arts and academic communities that yields practical benefits for both groups
- Explore the added value of this collaboration and articulate benefits from multiple perspectives
- Build capacity through the programme for partnership working between artists and academics
- Develop a meaningful community of practice between partners conducting the experiments
- Identify barriers and enablers for such collaborations
- Build a wider interest from both communities and a profile for the programme
In order to explore these objectives, four experimental projects were set up whereby artists with very differing practices and academics from King's collaborated on creating and sharing knowledge. The RSA acted as the curator and facilitator of the projects to examine the benefits of having an 'intermediary' role in realising mutual enquiry.
The four projects were titled 'Transmissions', 'A Textual Map of Emotions', 'Where is the Line?' and 'The Midnight Run'. Information on each project is available below.
The hub was asked by the RSA to evaluate the Creative Intersections project as part of the latter’s Creative Futures programme. The full report, written by Julia Payne, Director of the hub, is available here.
About the RSA
The Royal Society of Arts is a charity which encourages the development of a principled, prosperous society and the release of human potential through the arts. Their mission, in their own terms, is 'to create the conditions for the enlightened thinking and collaborative action needed to address today's most pressing social challenges.' The RSA serves this mission by acting as a global hub, by enabling millions of people to access the most creative ideas, by nurturing networks of innovators, and through researching, testing and sharing practical interventions. All their work is aligned with a social purpose and presently the organisation focuses mainly on supporting innovation in three major areas; creative learning and development, public services and communites and economy enterprise and manufacturing.