A creative way to immerse audiences in the arts
Poet’s Corner is a pop-up one day service for street events aimed at public engagement. Poet’s Corner can also be tailored to run at corporate events as well as festivals and smaller gatherings.
The ‘Active Lives’ survey was conducted by Ipsos MORI and led by Sport England in partnership with Arts Council England, Public Health England and the Department for Transport. It collected data on arts engagement between November 2015 and May 2017 from around 500 adults in each of England’s 326 local authority areas.
The Active Lives research found 70% of adults in England had attended an arts event, visited a museum or gallery, or spent time doing an arts activity. However Hounslow is on the lower end of the spectrum with 68%. The lowest levels of engagement were recorded among people who identify as Asian (53%), Black (58%) and ‘other ethnic group’ (61%).
Creative People and Places was launched in 2012 and invests in projects focused in areas of low arts engagement. These projects have reached most of the ten areas highlighted by the new data as having the lowest levels of arts engagement.
In 2016, Poetical Word was awarded funding to engage with people who live and work in the Hounslow area and beyond. This helped us develop Poet’s Corner as one of our programmes and in 2017 we were able to take an adaptation of Poet’s Corner to Sierra Leone.
Since then we have been working with local organisations to deliver Poet’s Corner in various capacities and adaptations. We would be delighted to curate a Poet’s Corner programme for your organisation or event.
A greater understanding of how exploring language can bring people together, spark new ideas and engage with communities from diverse backgrounds.
We’ve learned to people manage. Hosting a pop-up service has given us the insight and ability to hold space in a number of challenging situations. Having our voice heard is an intrinsic need on a fundamental level, and understanding it in a deeper way allows us to work through language to ultimately benefit people.
Creativity is like a flint and is latent in every human being. Hosting Poet’s Corner has given us incredibly valuable insights into how we communicate and interact with each other. To be able to capture and learn from that is one of the most beneficial outcomes of this programme.