Pioneering initiative to integrate art and cultural practice in social services goes digital
Launched on November 18, 2021, New Town Culture is an innovative program that places art and culture at the heart of digital social services. New Town Culture is a pioneering initiative that explores how artistic and cultural experiences can reframe the work of social services to support adults and children in need of social services.
With partners such as Serpentine Galleries, Tate, South London Gallery and Goldsmiths University London, as well as numerous local creative organizations, since its inception in 2018, more than 600 young people have benefited from the integration of the new city’s culture into backup services. This includes children and young people in foster care, unaccompanied asylum seekers, people on parental leave or people at risk of sexual exploitation.
The initiative is a cultural exchange of ideas and expertise between the arts and social service sectors, and through its digital reach at newtownculture.org, the program will now share its research, podcasts and resources with the goal of to see its practices reflected in social care. Politics.
“Young people who use social work services can be trapped by narratives frozen in bureaucratic files that reduce their identity. Creative work in social services can help systems and processes to be more engaging and accessible, to uncover knowledge about individual needs, to establish new relationships of trust, to build trust, to support change, to modify the fixed narratives and to provide a space to explore the identity culture.
New Town Culture humanizes the experiences of all involved in frontline social services – it gives a voice to vulnerable young people, it listens to artists to facilitate new ways of communicating and it provides the tools necessary for social service professionals to inspire and involve vulnerable people. young people when they need it.
Gayle Chong Kwan, artist
In addition, to mark the Equal Pay Act of 1970 and the momentum for change created by the machinists’ strike at Dagenham Ford in 1968, New Town Culture and Serpentine Galleries are teaming up to develop a series of residences for artists and collaborative commissions that examine the future and history. of work. The artists commissioned to Radio ballads are Helen Cammock (winner of the Turner Prize 2019), Rory Pilgrim (Prix de Rome 2020), Ilona Sagar (Research in Film Award, BAFTA HQ 2018) and Sonia Boyce (representing the United Kingdom in Venice in 2022).
Visit newtownculture.org for more information.
The culture of the new town is made possible with funding from the Mayor of London and the Council of Barking and Dagenham.
- art in the community
- Culture of the new town
Mark Westall is the founder and editor-in-chief of FAD magazine Founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform
“This is a way to involve people locally in a creative activity which could then lead to education.”
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