25 April, 9.30am-6pm

Insularity and solo working can be a scourge of innovation and a creative block. Sharing knowledge and collective thinking can create new perspectives on product development or problem resolution. Bring your problems to this free workshop for businesses and we will find a resolution together.

Collaborative Thinking and Doing

The tradition of relational practice, where individuals come together to share resources, skills and knowledge in order to support one another to generate mutually useful outcomes, is a recent tradition in contemporary art. Artists have become adept at mobilising others to enable them to make their work, whilst also ensuring that those being mobilised receive a fair deal in return. This way of working necessitates an understanding of what will motivate others to help and the ability to transform interest into action.

This workshop will hear from contributors on how they transformed a group of interested parties into active collaborators. Part of the day will involve some hands-on activity and making and a substantial part of the afternoon will involve sharing and discussing the issues that are causing your business difficulties (these can be general rather than specific and confidential issues), with the aim of finding and practical resolution.

The workshop is free and open to companies with fewer than 10 employees and a turnover of less than £1.5 million. We can cover travel costs within a 20 mile radius of Wysing. All food and refreshments are free of charge.



9.30 – 10am Arrive Wysing Arts Centre, tea & coffee, in Wysing’s Reception building

10am –11.30 am Introduction to the day by workshop leader Kit Hammonds alongside introductions from participants and contributors to the day.

11.30 am – 1 pm  Presentation by artist Emma Smith on how she transformed a group of interested parties into active collaborators, followed by a hands-on session. No artistic skills required

1pm – 2pm  Lunch

2pm – 4pm  A facilitated session raising and exploring current issues and problems; be prepared to give solutions and be offered solutions in return

4.00 – 4.30pm Coffee/ tea break

4.30 pm – 5.30pm Discussion to bring elements of the day together, responding to participant identified issues or problems, led by the workshop leader in the Open Studio

5pm – 6pm Feedback, wrap up

The programme has been funded by a grant from ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator at The Hauser Forum in Cambridge and is being delivered in association with Cambridge Event Management Ltd.

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