Season 2: “Remaking”
Episode 1: Accessing Those Who Can’t Access Online
For this episode, Alex O’Toole is joined by Tina Redford, Artistic Director at LeftCoast, an Arts Council England Creative People and Places Project in Blackpool and Wyre, and Paul Hartley, Director of Insitu, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation based in Pendle in East Lancashire.
Both Tina and Paul work on a hyper local level, embedding arts and cultural deep within their respective communities. Their work is vital and enriching, helping to make both small shifts and profound changes, but the pandemic has given them no option but to rethink how they create and share cultural experiences with the people on their doorsteps and to consider more deeply how to access those who can’t access the internet.
In today’s episode we talk about how Covid 19 has impacted on their delivery and the communities they work with. We discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t, and debate what the future might hold for socially engaged arts.
Separate to Alex’s conversation with Paul and Tina, we also spoke with Julie Bell, Head of Libraries, Culture and Museums at Lancashire County Council about how Lancashire’s Library Service has been helping people to stay connected and creating during the lockdown. A copy of our interview with Julie is available here
Things we talk about in this episode:
**Please note, the conversation in this episode took place virtually and was recorded through Zoom and produced in our homes, which means that there are some issues with sound quality in some parts as connection dropped in and out, but we have worked to level this out.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Some Further Reading on Digital Inclusion in Lancashire