- Date: 24 November 2011
- Area: South West
In June and July, the Regional Planning team in the south west ran a series of Reshaping events for arts organisations undertaking change in this transitory financial year. The events introduced the two Reshaping documents which focus on business support and digital opportunities. They also provided a safe, confidential environment to discuss organisational issues with peers, Arts Council England representatives and other external experts, who they were also able to consult with on a one to one basis.
The first Reshaping paper highlights investment choices for socially orientated businesses, preparing for commissioning, collaborative practice, governance and organisational development. The second document explores digital opportunities available for creating and adding value through production, marketing and distribution.
Over eighty arts organisations participated in the events held in Bristol, Plymouth, Taunton, Weymouth and Swindon. 95% of participants indicated that the event was very useful or useful. Comments included:
'Excellent and comprehensive'
'Very helpful including funding info'
'Helps you consider different approaches to problems/issues'
Reshaping is a time limited partnership project coordinated by the Arts Council's regional planning team until December 2011. Partners include Rise, South West Forum, Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs, West Mead Creative, Wessex Community Assets and Mission Models Money. A LinkedIn group has been set up to enable participants to continue to network and provide peer support.
The digital opportunities document was commissioned from I-Dat, the Institute of Digital Art and Technology at Plymouth University.
We hope that the Reshaping project has successfully supported arts organisations to manage change in the south west.