First Arcola (external link) Report

a working document used to compile the formal report

Stakeholder/Resource-Giver Standpoints

  • M21 ran a workshop for Arcola Theatre. This was very ambitious
  • Ideally, it was to explore the idea of Arcola as a new entity that would look good from each of the following angles:
    • 1) Funding agencies (Arts Council/banks/government grants sources)
    • 2) The engineering-related industries (commercial opportunities that connect to wellbeing)
    • 3) Education (partners in schools and universities)
    • 4) The ecological dimension at the global level (carbon-reduction/slowing consumption)
    • 5) Social wellbeing at the local level (police/social services
    • 6) The creative industries (Recording/filming/broadcast/
    • 7) The Arts (i.e. professional face behind London's cultural verve)
    • 8) The artists (playwrights/actors/directors/young people searching for their dreams)
    • 9) Arcola Theatre as a public, working organization comprising real people
  • A great deal was learned, on this occasion. It enabled us to plan for subsequent work.
  • It now seems realistic to see the workshop as the first of four, subject to agreement wth Arcola.

Four Workshops

  • The first Arcola workshop was dedicated to exploration and inquiry
  • The second workshop - will use Constellation tools and playfulness to create new opportunities for synergy
  • The third workshop - consists of a 'languaging' process to interpret what was discovered in the 'new knowing' session
  • The fourth workshop - creating a metadesign brief - to be evaluated from a 9-point perspective

The purpose of this Study

  • This was/is/will be a preliminary exploration that cannot be expected to deliver guaranteed managerial solutions
  • It is part of an ongoing research project at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Although collaboration between m21 and Arcola is, in effect, a case study we undertake to offer practical recommendations if possible
  • (N.B. metadesign embodies elements of design and planning in a consensual, self-reflective, self-managed form)