Project reflections

Artists in residence Jo Hunter and David Micklem, who are leading the 33,000 Everyday Artists project, write reflections at the end of each day they’re at King’s. This helps capture what has happened, any important decisions and progress that has been made.

The reflections are also a great personal response to the day’s activities and conversations which are often far more revealing than ‘hard data’ in a quantitative or list form.

Two months ago, David summarised the project in these three overarching ways:

1 Contention We contend that there are already 33,000 passionate everyday artists at King’s A website / digital artwork / online repository
2 Action Do – we need to take the energy behind these passions and apply it to everyday life A month of challenges through March
3 Reflection We want to observe what’s happened because of 1 and 2. The research

He went on to reflect:

A day of meetings can be exhausting. Especially when you are having versions of the same conversation over and over again.

But the consistent moment of energy in these meetings is when we ask about people’s passions. When we give permission for people to come out from behind their desks, to lower their guards, to be a bit more human, to show a little more of themselves – that’s the moment of excitement. The Dean becomes a competitive dinghy sailor; the librarian a rock guitarist; the historian a war games aficionado. We ask the question and the atmosphere changes in the room. Something a little bit magic happens. This is the essence of our project.

Recurring themes emerging from the project thus far indicate that features of an everyday culture of creativity include permission, openness and honesty which is linked to trust, and facilitation in encouraging people to be themselves and share their passion.

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