Art for the People

28. September 2021 Uhr
Talking Birds

Around 15,000 randomly selected households in Coventry, England, have received invitations to take part in the UK's first Citizens' Assembly on Arts and Culture in September 2021. Fifty of them will be selected as a cross-section of the population for the 'Arts for the People' project developed by Talking Birds.

The participants will discuss with experts how arts, culture and creativity can contribute to a better future for the UK Capital of Culture 2021. They will then develop ideas on how culture could impact on daily life in the city. The assembly recommendations will help develop new arts and creative projects planned for Coventry in 2022. The proposals will also inform the re-focusing of the City Council's Cultural Strategy.

Meetings in October and November

Citizens' Assembly meetings will take place online on six weekdays and as face-to-face meetings on one full weekend between the end of October and the end of November 2021. Participants will receive an allowance of £300 as a thank you. Additional needs, such as support with the use of a computer or childcare, will also be provided.

All over the world, people are dreaming up bold visions to ‘build back better’ after Covid-19, forming communities in new ways, and unlocking their own creativity and potential. Talking Birds is organising Art for the People to determine what part arts, culture and creativity will play in this rebuilding.

"Art is an important part of our lives"

Talking Birds' website says: "We believe that arts, culture and creativity are a fundamental part of everybody’s lives – the music we listen to, a dance around the kitchen as we cook, the rhythms we tap out with our feet while waiting for a bus, the photographs we post on social media… Our taxes help pay for our galleries, music venues and arts companies – and the TV dramas we watch, the books we read and the festivals we go to give us things to talk about. Art is a powerful part of all of our lives – it binds us together and is part of what makes us human.

We know we will need to work together to solve the huge problems facing humanity, and the arts are one of our fundamental ways of connecting with each other. If a City of Culture can’t lead the way on determining how the arts, culture and creativity can help shape a better future, who can?"

Citizens' Assembly as a collaborative project

Art for the People was developed by Talking Birds in collaboration with MutualGain and The Sortition Foundation. The project is supported by Coventry City of Culture Trust, Arts Council England and Coventry City Council.

Talking Birds is a Coventry-based artist ensemble known for its gently provocative projects that explore and seek to illuminate the deep and complex relationships between people and places. The ensemble places a strong emphasis on access, human connection, social and environmental responsibility and nurturing the next generation of artists and theatre makers, particularly in Coventry.

More information: Talking Birds