Creative Libraries

creative libraries

We can help your libraries to deliver an exciting programme of Everyday Creativity that encourages fun, collaboration and experimentation.

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We can help your libraries to deliver an exciting programme of Everyday Creativity that encourages fun, collaboration and experimentation.

We work closely with libraries to facilitate cultural change through creativity. We do this by delivering cross-council projects which are co-created, collaborative and participatory. Working closely with Gateshead and Cumbria Councils, for example, we’ve helped library staff in those areas develop their own unique creativity projects to strengthen bonds between staff and service users, as well as bridges between communities. As well as out bespoke, tailored projects – over 50 libraries took part in The January Challenge 2020.

Our approach employs a methodology of creativity, reflection and sharing, and is supported by simple digital tools to ensure projects are locally owned and sustainable.

We have a tried and tested creative challenge framework and offer a flexible range of additional, tailored options. We put co-creation at the heart of everything we do, working in an iterative and collaborative way with you to ensure that your needs and priorities are met. We embed legacy to ensure the best value for money and ensure skills and learnings stay within the setting.

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Case Study – Gateshead Libraries

We were commissioned by Gateshead Council Library Service to provide staff with resources to run weekly creative challenges in libraries throughout 2019. The commission was part of Art Diamonds, a three-year project to connect retired residents with local artists, with their own creativity and with each other. Our ‘Do, Think, Share’ methodology was woven throughout the project.

 

Who was involved?

In partnership with Gateshead Libraries and Gateshead Older People’s Assembly, we ran co-creation workshops with local artists and older service users to co-design the project. The creative challenges engaged hundreds of older beneficiaries throughout Gateshead’s 7 libraries.

 

What we did

We facilitated workshops with library staff, local artists and older people to co-produce the values, structure and contents of the creative challenge year. 52 creative challenges were co-created in workshops facilitated by us, and shared online each month with staff, along with a facilitation toolkit. We set up a WhatsApp group for artists and staff to share the creativity, as well as an Instagram account.

 

What were the outcomes?

Art Diamonds is ongoing across libraries, engaging hundreds of older people in simple creative challenges and artist-led workshops. The project is strengthening bonds between members of the community, many of them isolated, and supporting their wellbeing. Library staff have felt empowered to run their own activities and engage creatively within their own roles and workplaces.

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