To reach and connect with the widest possible audience, Parliament will be commissioning ambitious public and visual arts projects, as well as supporting arts and community organisations across the UK with their own 2015 cultural events.
On the Isle of Wight we are supporting the New Carnival Company with their Magna Carta Masquerade and we will be working on a UK-wide project with the National Youth Theatre.
The Speaker’s Art Fund will also support Jon Adams, a disabled artist based in Portsmouth, to work with Parliament. With the additional support of Arts Council England he will create a UK-wide digital art project that will ask the public to map the ‘democratic streets’ in their local area resulting in new artistic maps of the country. This will pilot early in 2015 in the Fratton area of Portsmouth through partnership work with Big Local.
A number of projects are in development, pending funding. In libraries across Oxfordshire we are supporting the delivery of an arts project that is designed to enable young people to ‘find their voice’ in the political and local community, as well as empowering library volunteers to better engage with young library-users.
As part of this project a toolkit of resources will be developed for use nationally. We are also developing a participatory public art project in partnership with the critically acclaimed theatre company Lone Twin, which will work with communities in Magna Carta towns across England.