Creative Collaborations: Participatory work with artists and creative practitioners in heritage settings

Want to increase your understanding and generate ideas in creative collaborations? Then this course is for you!

This course provides the opportunity to explore the creative potential of your collection or historic site and prepare for delivering creative projects in partnership with artists and creative practitioners. We will explore challenges and examples of best practice to generate ideas and solutions, developing confidence in working with artists and plans for future projects.

“My organisation will now understand the breadth of art that there is out there, and not focus in on art being ‘one thing’ – that the possibilities are endless!” – Past participant

Who is it for?
This course is aimed at mid-career professionals with responsibility for planning, delivering or managing learning programmes across the heritage sector.  It is most suited to those who have already done some work with artists in heritage settings, especially those looking for ways to improve or build upon their practice. However, it is also valuable to anyone who has yet to work with artists and is looking to gain the confidence to start.

Who runs the course?
The course director is Helen Pike.  Helen has worked on numerous projects with artist studios and in UCL museums, so she brings a strong perspective on both sides of the relationship to the course.

When & where is it?
The course will combine a one-day workshop with personal work and ongoing peer discussion to give you the most beneficial learning experience possible. The one-day workshop will be a mix of discussion and sharing of perspectives/experiences, practical working in small groups and some presentation of theory and case studies by the course director. It will also include a “creative ideas incubator” session and facilitate the building of a peer group to support you through the follow up activity. This will lead to the post-workshop activity; producing a plan for project with an artist.

Further dates will be announced soon, to find out first, email to register your interest.

 Course fee?
It is £125 for GEM and Engage members and £160 for non-members, which includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments during the workshop.

How to apply?
This course is not scheduled for 2020 but can be run upon request. For more information, please contact

We will be running future courses, so please Join GEM to receive the latest updates! 

This course was developed in 2017 in partnership with Engage with thanks to Arts Council England funding. 

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