We are piloting novel ways to use arts and virtual reality to engage communities and grass roots civil society groups on place based application of system change ideas. Our Croydon System Change Project, brings together over 12 representatives and leaders of local civil society and grass roots action groups in Croydon. This diverse set, reaching across climate action, sustainable living, racial justice, homeless and social justice issues is interacting with an artist in residence we are managing at Turf Projects in a High Street venue in Croydon. After a series of deliberative workshops debating for the first time what system change means for them, taking inspiration from our case study research and expertise in system change, our artist in residence, Meitao Qu, has created an inspiring immersive experience to archive and communicate the key insights, struggles, and ideas for transformative change. This was first exhibited at Museum of Croydon in October and November 2023, and now travels to South Norwood Library until end of April 2024. The show is part of the official Borough of Culture programme here. We are grateful to Arts CouncilEngland for supporting this exciting and replicable work.
Borough of Culture Listing of our free exhibition at Museum of Croydon: https://culturecroydon.com/event/pick-a-path-4-croydon/
Visit the project website: http://croydonsystemchange.org/
Our online citizen engagement app, utilising a simple card flip game is currently live. It’s a simple creative tool we created to engage feedback and ideas about systemic change from citizens in peripheral areas of Croydon: http://pickapath4croydon.online/