I was fortunate enough to be selected to act as a mentor for this project along with Julie Bagwash (Emergence lead for Creative Personalities). It was to consist of 8 monthly facilitated sessions at the Tate Modern, lead by one of their practitioners, Liz Ellis. After a selection process Julie and I were joined by four members of the Arts and Social Network (ASN): Alan Unwin, Anna McNay, Ian Callaghan and JB. After an introductory session the real work began!
This piece of work was co designed by the Tate Modern and Emergence and would allow all those involved to learn facilitator skills, specifically in relation to enabling works of art to be as accessible as possible. Although all our practice took place within Tate Modern, we would be able to apply our new skills to any art setting. We learnt about different learning styles and how to create sessions that would engage everyone, whether they were more visual, audio or kinaesthetic in the way they processed the world. (‘Kinaesthetic’ was explained to us as being more about ‘doing’ than observing.)