Over the last four years we’ve been working with Watershed and local producers in Recife, Lagos and Tokyo to make their cities more playable.
We’re now pleased to announce the next stage of this journey with partners Watershed, having received a substantial grant by Arts Council England for our new Creative Producers International programme.
Combining the skills, networks and ambitions of Watershed and partners from UK, Lagos, Mexico City and Tokyo, this global programme will build on Watershed’s Playable City to create a lasting network of individuals, organisations and communities sharing ideas, skills and projects in person, online and in public events in Bristol and Tokyo.
Creative Producers International is a three-year programme designed specifically to build the capacity of Creative Producers as city change-makers, supporting them to engage communities and deliver public-space projects that inform the evolving dynamics of their city.
Partners in this global programme include UWE Bristol, RSC, Manchester International Festival, Situations, Somerset House, Unlimited, Future Lagos (Nigeria), Rhizomatiks (Japan) and Labaratorio para la Ciudad (Mexico).
Clare Reddington, Watershed’s Creative Director says:
“Conversations about the future city are often more focused on policy and technology than people and culture. This support from Arts Council England will enable Watershed, British Council and a group of incredible partners to develop a global cohort of Creative Producers as future city leaders, putting art at the forefront of re-imagining citizen engagement, creating welcoming public spaces and people-centred infrastructure."
Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme aims to develop artistic and cultural talent and leadership in the regions and give an international dimension to excellent work. The fund is aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England.