Mr Wilsons Second Liners and Poetry Takeaway. Appetite Taster Tour 2015. Photo Andrew Billington
Monday 12 March 2018 to Tuesday 13 March 2018
Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The British Council and Creative People and Places have opened the application period to participate in the seminar for community workers, activists and art professionals to participate. The workshop will be delivered by Amanda Smethurst, National Peer Learning Manager for Creative People and Places, Karl Greenwood, Director of Appetite, Rachel Adam, Director of bait, and Sheila Biggs, community member from bait.

About the workshop

Creative People and Places unite 21 independent projects aimed at developing communities and engaging them in creative projects (theatres, libraries, cultural centres etc) in the areas where cultural infrastructure is weak or absent.  The two-day workshop will be based on the successful methodology of CPP and cover the following topics:

  • Engagement models and long-term  impact
  • Ecology, resources and infrastructure, working with government and partners
  • How are the UK and Russian contexts different, and what can we learn from each other?
  • Translating theory into practice and creating change

We invite to participate:

  •  Activists working with communities in cities and towns
  • Entrepreneurs working with different social groups
  • Professionals working in culture, managers organising events in collaboration with communities

Selection criteria:

  • Relevant experience of at least 2 years
  • High motivation
  • Russian citizenship, over 18 years old


About Creative People and Places

 Creative People and Places  is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in high quality art experiences in the places where they live. Funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery, there are 21 independent projects based in areas where there are low levels of engagement with the arts.

By involving local people in what they want to see happen, each project has created a distinctive and relevant programme that’s unique to the people and places that have shaped it.

Between 2013 and 2016 CPP projects achieved over 1.45m attendances at arts events in local communities. 91% of our audience were from neighbourhoods with low and medium levels of engagement in the arts, compared with 77% of the English population.

We aim to make a lasting change in communities - we are increasing the number of people inspired by the arts, as well as helping them to develop skills, and grow ambition and creativity in their neighbourhoods.


Long-term collaborations between local people, artists and partners are fundamental to CPP. Projects are working with a diverse range of local partners including a haulage firm, housing association, health authorities, local businesses, sports clubs and community and voluntary groups. Many of these partners are now programming and resourcing arts events independently as a result of working with CPP.