What the always possible team have been doing recently to enable world-changing creatives
Culture is the mirror to society, and my goodness do we need to be reflective in these crazy times.
always possible has supported the UK’s most creative individuals and organisations to push boundaries and build ideas since 2014.
Brighton Digital Festival is the country’s largest celebration of digital culture. Each autumn, the annual month-long event asks fundamental questions about what technology can do for a city’s sense of the new, of community, of artistic practice and for innovative business. You can read the festival’s manifesto here.
Every year, the festival evolves its purpose and considers the way it should and could be a platform for artists, technologists and audiences to collaborate. Kate Regester, always possible’s Head of Projects, works closely with the festival directors to examine the growing impact and how well it succeeds in meeting its goals. In 2018 we are focusing on the festival’s relationships with local businesses and how that can be developed.
One of the festival’s bigger success stories is TOMTech. This experimental programme of virtual reality projects test the limits of what live performance can be, and how technology might shape the future of theatre.
always possible associates Tony Dillon (former media industry exec) and Davina Sambath (customer experience expert) spent time with TOMTech audiences, looking at participation data and capturing experiences in order to better understand how commercially viable these new ideas can be. Our research will be used by The Old Market and Arts Council England to inform future work.
For nearly four years, always possible has been working closely with Original Theatre – one of the UK’s leading touring arts companies who have performed to 40,000 people in 31 venues this year so far.
We are delighted to see the legacy of an Arts Council grant we secured them in 2016. From that funding, a brand new piece was commissioned and is about to go on its second national tour, plus a run in New York in 2019.
I believe this passionately: that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it.
Sir Ken Robinson
We are obsessive about the role of creativity in the development of children and young people, and how this becomes applied into adulthood. This month saw us kicking-off our feasibility research study on behalf of Action for Children’s Arts, in partnership with consultant Michael Judge. We’ll be examining the possibilities for a radical UK-wide approach to engage every single child aged 0-11 in arts and culture activities, reporting back at the end of the year.
Our recent interviews with award-winning young adult novelists, Mark Illis and Abigail Tarttelin reveal some fascinating insights into the way they approach topics such as human rights, gender, mental health and the digital age. Check them out.
This energy also drives our support for legendary community arts charity, Same Sky, with whom we are rethinking what a long-form creative development programme might look like for young adults. Their Jack On The Green installation in Worthing was, as ever, also a moment of magic on a cold night.
After people, place is everything – and we have been working with the Brighton & Hove Arts and Creative Industries Commission on the development of their new framework. Our CEO, Richard, will be delivering a PechaKucha talk on creative networks at the Brighton Cultural Summit on the 12th November.
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