We are hoping that the Social Housing Arts Network will provide opportunities for artists with a process-led, socially-engaged way of working to develop projects with the residents and staff of social housing.

It’s not about an artist coming in with a pre-conceived idea, and more about the relationships they foster in each place. Linking up local ideas and what’s already happening with the artists’ outsider perspective and seeing what happens as a result is central to this way of working.

The aims for the Social Housing Arts Network are threefold: one, to encourage Social Housing Providers to work in an open way with artists; two, to provide more opportunities for artists with a socially engaged practice and three, to give residents the opportunity to play a central role in projects.

The project began in 2014 and will end in early summer 2016. The stages in Breightmet, Upperthorpe, Poplar and Edlington are staggered so we can learn back-and-forth between the different stands of the project and share what goes well, as well as what goes less well.

Beyond this we are looking at how the ideas developed during the project can be expanded, both in the places we are already working and in other places with other people.

If you’d like to find out more, please do get in touch via the Contact page.