ART // TECH // PLAY: The art of co-creation - Collusion

ART // TECH // PLAY: The art of co-creation07 May to 07 May 2024

What are the kinds of cocreation processes employed by practicing artists? What does good practice in community arts engagement look like? What do commissioners of cocreation projects want from the artists they employ?

Join us at the White Barn in King’s Lynn for just £5 a ticket, where we will explore what co-creation means and how it can help you actively listen and collaborate with your local community. For freelance artists and arts organisations, co-creation is an increasingly in-demand skill, representing good practice, and something that is an increasing requirement from funders too.

Speakers include:

Jen Langeskov, the Senior Creative Learning Manager at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. She spearheads the Festival Connect & Create programme for schools. This initiative encompasses various aspects such as artist residencies, the Creative Educator Network, teacher CPD, and educational partnerships. With a background as a practicing visual artist and former art teacher, Jen comprehends the advantages of integrating arts into educational settings. She recognises the significance of fostering creative skills among children and young people, facilitating the development of their artistic identities, and offering a platform for understanding their place in the world. Jen collaborates closely with numerous artists and cultural organisations across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to facilitate immersive co-created experiences.

Toby Peach, who is an award-winning theatre maker, specialising in using innovative storytelling tools to spark important conversations with audiences. His practice is based in playful art practices and rooted in community engagement. Toby will be sharing his experience of co-creating a digital playable storytelling piece over 3 years with a superheroine named Carmen Power. Carmen was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 7 years old and over 3 years, she and Toby found a language to comfortably tell her story in a way that would innovatively reach audiences.

JMCAnderson, who is an Artist, Community Curator and Facilitator underpinned by her socially engaged practice. Her work is an exploration of identity, place and belonging usually contextualised by co-creating with communities, to raise awareness, educate and encourage conversations. Jade will be showing a film of her performance ‘Crazy Coco’. Crazy Coco is a performance exploring internalised racism as a direct product of a racial classification system and the effects it has had on the artist’s physical and mental health.  A double consciousness…Crazy Coco and Jade.

We will also have our touring installation, the Magic Sandpit on display for you to play with, which is an interactive installation designed to provide multi-sensory experiences for pre-school and early years children. Commissioned by The Library Presents to tour Cambridgeshire’s libraries, it projects images onto sand in layers and as the sand is played with, a depth sensor detects the changes made to the surface of the sand, allowing the children to create amazing colourful, tactile creations as well as dig around to find hidden designs.

This is going to be an unmissable event for artists working in this area and will be ideal to meet like minded creatives, academics and creative technologists from the Norfolk area. Plus, there will be opportunities to interact with artworks on display and make new connections.


6:00pm Welcome and chatting

6:30pm Presentations

7:15pm Exploring art

8:30pm Close

This event builds on the We Are Lynn project that seeks to engage local communities in our place-making public artworks, and is part of Collusion’s ART // TECH // PLAY programme and network that supports artists and creatives to develop their skills around creative technologies in a practice-led way.

Supported by Anglia Ruskin University, Norwich University of the Arts, Cambridge Junction, DanceEast, Norwich Theatre, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and Arts Council England.