Monday 7th December 2015

New initiative – The Faculty

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Heart of Glass is excited to announce the launch of The Faculty, a unique, FREE learning and professional development opportunity for artists and creatives. In partnership with our fellow Creative People and Places projects Super Slow Way, Creative Scene and LeftCoast, delivered by In Situ and Chrissie Tiller, this is an incredible opportunity for 20 people who are passionate about socially engaged arts practice.

Twenty curious, forward-looking and open minded individuals will get the opportunity to take part in this unique learning experience which will build and share the knowledge of participants working in the field of social arts practice.

There are no limitations on who can take part so no matter your age, educational background or the ways in which you are currently working The Faculty is open to you. It is also hoped that a diverse range of participants will come forward from those already working in a visual or performing arts context, to youth workers, production managers or architects who find themselves increasingly working in a socially engaged style.

The Faculty will be led by course leaders Chrissie Tiller and In Situ, and will take participants on a series of residential weekends, online distance learning tutorials, seminars, discussions and assignments which can be responded to in any medium. This could include making artwork, using audio or visual media, or written materials – anything is possible.

Participants will not have to pay any fees in order to take part and in return expect a high level of commitment to being active members of The Faculty. In order to be eligible you must be based or working in one of the four areas and must not be in full time education or employment.

Patrick Fox, Director, said: “We are committed to dynamic collaborations between artists and communities, and this is an opportunity for artists who are working in this field to come together and undertake a shared enquiry, building a network in the process. We hope to build a set of critical dialogues across the region and really explore the role of art and artists’ in civil society”

We’re really keen to get a diverse range of people taking part and the criteria have been designed to reflect this.

The deadline for applications to participate in The Faculty is 2pm on Friday 22 January 2015.

For more information see full details below or e-mail



We are looking for 20 curious, forward-looking, open-minded artists, practitioners, curators or producers, who are currently not in full-time education or employment, to take part in a unique learning and sharing opportunity and be part of developing and realising The Northern Faculty of Social Arts Practice. There are no limitations on age, educational background, previous training or ways in which you are currently engaged in creative practice but we imagine you may be at a stage where you are excited by the thought of shifting direction or unpicking your practice and your thinking, and sharing it with others.

You may be working directly in the visual or performing arts or in an allied role. You may be an engineer, youth worker, production manager, or architect who finds yourself increasingly working in this context. What we are looking for is a group of people with a passion for socially engaged art and the commitment and appetite to learn and to work with a group of peers to explore some of the exciting questions around interdisciplinary collaborative art and social practice.


This six-month pilot programme will revisit the notion of the formal learning environment and invite those joining us on the journey to be central to laying the foundations of a radical new framework for all those wishing to engage with creative practice, sharing knowledge and experiences and reflecting on ideas and actions with others working in this field.

The Faculty will take the form of four weekend residentials and a one-day de-brief/sharing event throughout the pilot period, with input from artists working with the four partner Creative People and Places programmes (Super Slow Way, Creative Scene, Heart of Glass, and LeftCoast) and the possibility of other one-day events across the region. The periods between the residentials will be supported by online, distance learning tutorials, seminars, discussions and assignments, to be responded to in any medium or appropriate method.  This might include making a piece of work, planning a session, using audio or visual media, performance, information collecting, or undertaking any form of writing. Participants will have on-going support in developing these skills from The Faculty team and artist mentors working across the region.

We will provide access to an exciting library of thought and practice and the possibility to engage with different thinkers and thought through online and live events. At the end of this year we hope you will feel your critical thinking, as well as your practice, has been strengthened and deepened.


In the spirit of shared exploration and learning we will be waiving any fees involved in this pilot and the Creative People and Places programmes will be covering all accommodation, food and travel for the residentials. In return we will be asking that selected participants are fully committed to being active members of The Faculty; including attending all four residentials, the de-brief and completing the appropriate assignments.



In the spirit of The Faculty we are not looking for a formal CV or asking you to complete any complex forms. We are asking for personal letters of application that explain what you might want to realise through this experience, what you feel you would want to share with others and why you would like to contribute to the shaping and realisation of The Faculty.

Please direct all enquiries and applications to

The closing date for submissions is January 22nd at 2pm


The Faculty will be shaped and led by course leaders Chrissie Tiller and In Situ.

Chrissie Tiller

Chrissie Tiller is a creative practitioner, writer, teacher and thinker with over 30 years experience of working globally in participatory and collaborative arts and social practice.  Following a Churchill Fellowship to explore the wider impact of the arts in economic, social and political change across Central and Eastern Europe in 1990, she created and led a number of major transnational programmes for artists, producers and curators working in socially engaged contexts in the performing and visual arts. She continues to work regularly in Central, Southern & Eastern Europe and across the EU, as well as Palestine, Uganda and Japan.  All Chrissie’s work is informed by a passionate commitment to the possibility for everyone, no matter what their class, education or cultural background, to engage with the making, sharing and enjoyment of the arts.  Ten years ago this led her to found and lead the MA in Participatory and Community Arts at Goldsmiths College, London University.  Her concern with the impact of the current political and economic climate on Higher Education, particularly in terms of diversity and access, has recently decided her to leave academia and to explore alternative, and more dynamic models, of learning.


In Situ is a not-for-profit artist led organisation based in Brierfield Library, Pendle, Our vision is to bring art into the mix of the existing culture and environment of Pendle: for art to be part of everyday life. Our action research and enquiry extends to include perceptions of environment, people, place, and culture. In-Situ’s work also examines the role of the artist and collaborative situations.

In-Situ serves to examine, through art, environment and culture:

  • The natural and built environment.
  • How we live our lives
  • Perceptions of aesthetics: everyday, cultural and ecological.
  • How we perceive, appreciate, and affect our landscapes.
  • How artists collaborate.

In-Situ, established in 2012, currently consists of three practitioners: two artists and one social practitioner, 2 full time artist interns. With an open approach, we neither presuppose nor make assumptions about environment, people, place or culture.


Super Slow Way 

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal powered the Industrial Revolution in Pennine Lancashire. 200 years on from the canal’s birth, Super Slow Way aims to stage a new, creative revolution powered by art and people.

Super Slow Way is a major arts commissioning programme established to create a lasting legacy of arts and culture in Pennine Lancashire. Working with communities along the canal from Blackburn to Pendle, Super Slow Way is delivering an ambitious programme comprised of local, national and international artists in a series of commissioned and community-based residencies. It will bring art to a space where time slows down, to look afresh at how people live their fast-paced lives and how they relate to their environment, neighbourhoods and to each other.

Creative Scene

Creative Scene is the Creative People and Places programme for North Kirklees, West Yorkshire. The Creative Scene is being grown with the people of Dewsbury, Batley, Mirfield, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Birstall, Liversedge, Gomersal and Birkenshaw – and all places in between.  This is a rural-urban area of historic towns and villages around the steep valleys of Pennine Yorkshire, the triangle between some great cities and at the heart of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, that’s home to 180,000 people.


LeftCoast is a programme of arts and creative activity happening across Blackpool and Wyre. We’re all about creating amazing art on your doorstep. From jaw-dropping spectacle to intimate experiences in your neighbourhood, we want to make art happen. In the process we hope to inspire and support creatives who live, work and study here. We want you to be part of the art transformation happening in your area. You might be an artist, parent, greengrocer or teacher – anyone in fact.

Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass is the a new arts commissioning programme based in St.Helens made possible by an investment from Arts Council England through the Creative People and Places programme. The Heart of Glass vision is a robust and vibrant arts sector that is valued by our communities and nationally and internationally recognised; establishing a model of collaborative best practice, supporting artists and communities (place/interest) to make ambitious work. Through our artistic programme we are interested in examining the role of art and the artist in a post industrial landscape by commissioning work that will see passionate and direct interactions between artists and communities of place/interest, offering the possibility through creative critique and shared art making to imagine other ways of being.

Creative People and Places

The above projects are funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.