Ideas4Ordsall was an academic project that supported local organisations and individuals to develop their ideas for cultural activities.
Despite the rhetoric around big society or self-determination, most government initiatives are still top-down, command-and-control operations. Local people are only invited to 'have their say' after the key decisions have been made. Similarly, academic projects tend to ask people to 'perform' for them to provide data for the research.
Ideas4Ordsall was different. In this project, academics worked alongside local cultural intermediaries to gain insight into how cultural activities develop and to support local people to developing their own ideas for projects. The mutual benefit made all the difference.
If you are interested in doing community engagement differently, watch each film to find out how Ideas4Ordsall affected the people involved.
To find out more about the project go to www.ideas4ordsall.org
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Jess is an urban anthropologist. She explores how organisational structures affect people's ability to realise their ideas. She spent 18 months in Ordsall working alongside local people and organisations. Jess is Research Fellow at the University of Salford.
Amber is an artist based in Salford. She employs a broad range of media for various creative, community, and heritage projects at landmark locations such as Salford Arts Theatre and Salford Lads Club. Amber supported the development of ideas during the Ideas4Ordsall project.
Rosemary is interested in local history. During the Ideas4Ordsall project, she developed a social history play, animation and genealogical records focusing on the early history of Ordsall's New Barracks Estate. Rosemary is now researching the founding members of Salford Lads Club.
David Winston has a keen interest in Edith Cavell, a World War 1 nurse who was shot by the Germans for helping wounded soldiers escape after being treated in her Belgian hospital. Edith used to worship at St Trinity Church in Salford where David also attends regularly. Her name is on memorial outside the church.
Chris is a 'cultural intermediary'. He runs Chapel Street Community Arts with people in the Islington area to develop and share their local history and culture. Chris supported the development of ideas during the Ideas4Ordsall in particular sharing stories and photos about the Islington area.
Beckie is a talented photographer born and raised in Ordsall. During the Ideas4Ordsall project, she set up a pop-up photo booth at Ordsall Community Festival to capture portraits of local people. She now has an online gallery.
Mike is keen member of St Phil's Camera Club. He worked with photographer Len Grant to set up a mobile photoshoot capturing images of local people in Islington. He also supported training and development of photo skills.
Gail is a 'cultural intermediary'. She is Creative Producer at Ordsall Community Arts and has worked with local people in Ordsall for many years developing their ideas and creative talent. Gail supported seven ideas during the Ideas4Ordsall project providing advice and enthusiasm. Gail is now doing a PhD about Ordsall's annual lantern parade.
Greg is an artist and member of Ordsall Art Collective. He worked with local artist Ronnie Crowther to develop the collective including popup art galleries in Lowry Outlet, On the 7th in Mediacity and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Karen is a 'cultural intermediary'. She connects together people and resources to spark imaginations, learn new things, and to create work that has impact and meaning on the here and now, and the future. Karen was Founding Director of Let's Go Global. She is now Chief Executive of Manchester Histories