Common Ground Leaders: What We’ve Been Up To

Photo credit: Jordan Hunnisett

Since launching Common Ground Leaders, the group have been busy taking part in loads of different activities…

Masterclasses and Action Groups

We’ve been running monthly masterclasses for the group, where they can learn sector-specific skills from industry professionals.

  1. How Heritage Inspires Creativity

Our first masterclass took place on the evening of March 4 over Zoom. Katie Green, creator of The Imagination Museum, led a one-hour masterclass that explored how heritage can inspire creativity. She covered how she works as a freelance creative, why she chooses to work in heritage settings, and how to find and harness inspiration in these spaces.

The masterclass was followed by a one-hour action group, where the Leaders put into practise what they’d just learned by designing a Common Ground event for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Katie’s masterclass provided some great inspiration and got the group thinking about how to creatively represent heritage in their upcoming Festival event.

Some of the Leaders’ ideas on what they find inspiring about heritage

2. Creating an Artist Brief

This session was run on 29 March by Grace Davies, previous Contemporary Arts Programme Manager for the National Trust, and their current curator in South Wales. After covering the processes behind hiring an artist, creating a brief, and selecting an application, Grace helped the group begin writing their own artist brief for the Festival event. By the end of the action group, the Leaders had nearly written a whole brief for their callout for artists – pretty impressive, right?!

Living Landscapes

Common Ground Leaders were tasked with putting on an event at this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival to represent Common Ground (no pressure).

From deciding the form and commissioning artists, to marketing the event and helping with production, the Leaders had full control every step of the way.

The Living Landscapes exhibition ran from 24 to 29 May at the Undercroft in Norwich. See the results of their event here.

Commissions

  • Photography: one of our Leaders, Jordan, did a (socially distanced, of course) photoshoot of the group and got some cracking headshots for individuals to use. Check out his work here: https://jordanhunnisett.wordpress.com/
  • Illustration: another Leaders member is currently working on illustrating a bespoke Arts Award pack created by Common Ground. Although in the early stages, we can confirm it’s going to be pretty incredible.

If you want to be commissioned for your art and creative work, sign up below to become a Common Ground Leader and hear about upcoming opportunities.