The Co-creating CARE project on this blog has mostly reflected the experiences of the Falmouth group(s) and the preparation for the digital platform. However, there is another whole arm of the project which takes place with our community partners. One of these partnerships is taking place now between a group led under the aegis of Craftspace in Birmingham and a group of crafters led by Bealtaine in Dublin. The Dublin and Birmingham projects have both had their first sessions so we are off the blocks!
Last Friday the groups had their first Skype exchange – delighted to say the technology worked! The delight and wonder on the faces of the Birmingham group at doing a live exchange with people hundreds of miles away was was lovely to witness. One man has joined our project in Birmingham because of this opportunity – his mother is Irish and so he was interested in the connection and his own history – was keen to exchange with people in Ireland and make that connection real again.
In summary, it was the second session for the Irish group so they were ahead on the making which was much in evidence. The Birmingham group was having its first session and we had just returned from a visit to Soho House Museum. The Irish group did a show and tell of what they were doing and making, they asked us questions too. Our group responded about their visit. The Birmingham group became very interested in the techniques used by the Irish group to stimulate creative collaboration and so they decided they would do the same activity next week. In this way they have responded to a new stimulus (broader than just having the artist in Birmingham) and have co-created the next session.
Both groups are using a tablecloth, as our groups at the Poly did, as a means of recording first thoughts collectively – this will continue to be added to at end of each session. They may send their tablecloths to each other so the cloths become a shared document in between Skype exchanges. We plan to upload our images of our respective heritage sites to a shared platform so we can show each group the other’s images and they have the option to use them as inspiration.
We will update on the progress of all the groups on the blog and also under the appropriate headings on the header bar, so you can catch up with each group separately.