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Creative Crowdfunding Reward Ideas

Looking for crowdfunding reward ideas, or just need a little inspiration? Read in Feeling a little stuck for reward ideas for your crowdfunding project? Here’s a whole load of crowdfunding reward ideas, starting points and inspiration to get you started…. Continue Reading →

Designing great crowdfunding rewards

Offering great crowdfunding rewards (for Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or Crowdfunder campaigns) can be a key way to involve your backers in the creative process, provide an incentive for people to back your project and allow backers to own the end product

Social Making Symposium – Plymouth 2016

A series of articles reflecting on Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, organised by Plymouth-based social makers Take A Part – focussing on the methodologies employed by a range of socially engaged practitioners operating in the UK (and further afield) and the human scale impacts of chosen case studies.

Achieving Empowerment

How can communities and artists work together to achieve empowerment? Reflecting on Take A Part’s Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, read a series of ‘take home’ points for artists & organisations working in socially engaged practice.

Re-defining the currency of success

How do artists, organisations & funders measure success in relation to socially engaged practice? Reflecting on Take A Part’s Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, read how researchers have teamed up with Situations to develop a new Visual Matrix methodology and what action points project creators need to consider.

Building in succession (as a requirement) in arts & community projects

Why is it ESSENTIAL to think carefully about succession in arts & community projects? Reflecting on Take A Part’s Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, read how successful socially engaged arts projects have managed the process and what action points project creators need to consider.

Bruce Asbestos: Tiny Canvas Friday

INTERVIEW:

Talking with Bruce Asbestos about his recent Tiny Canvas Friday project on Facebook and the notion of entrepreneurship as a creative practice, social media as ‘form’, inhabiting online spaces, A/B testing and soliciting interaction from potential audiences in social spaces.

7 things artists could learn from board game Kickstarters

Over the last 2 years, I have worked on 2 successful Kickstarter campaigns (Cornish Smuggler & Waggle Dance, raising over £50,000 in total) with Grublin Games (an indie boardgame publisher based in Cornwall) which has involved a fair amount of research into different approaches to using Kickstarter. In that time, it has also become more usual for artists and arts organisations to use crowdfunding as a way to raise money for their projects.

Use Kickstarter as a distribution model & a tool to gauge interest

As an artist, what are your challenges when getting your work to an interested audience?

What is the established distribution model for the types of work you are interested in making?

How can you use a crowdfunding platform to by-pass that distribution model to reach an audience that would be interested in your work?

Stop thinking of Kickstarter as a platform for donations

Your Project Rewards shouldn’t be an afterthought – they can actually be a way to form your project.

How can you think about the exchange value of what you are generating through the project and approach this creatively to give your campaign a better chance of success?

Use Kickstarter to create a new community around your project

In the most successful boardgame projects, there is an on-going conversation between the project creators and backers, and between backers from around the world. The sense of temporary community generated through this conversation creates an engaged community of interest and can be exciting to be involved in.

What are artists missing out on by ignoring the potential of conversation in their crowdfunded projects?

Develop projects where a Kickstarter campaign is an integral part rather than an afterthought

What does it mean for a ‘crowd’ to fund your project?

What makes your project, its outcomes and rewards interesting, unique, novel and different?

How can you avoid becoming ‘just another’ crowdfunding campaign?

Focus on your timescale and actually delivering

How are you going to break down the timeline for your project into separate stages?

Will your timescale be realistic?

Will you actually be able to deliver your rewards?

Use Kickstarter as a way to generate excitement about your arts practice

What are the other benefits of running a Kickstarter campaign?

Would you like to give a worldwide exposure to your work, make new professional connections and find new audiences?

Some people are never going to back things on Kickstarter

How can you give your project life after the Kickstarter campaign?

What do you need to consider when making an ‘exit strategy’ for your project?

What do you do after it’s all over?

Long Conversations

As part of LOW PROFILE’s Picture In The Paper project, Hannah Jones & I started a series of co-authored conversations focused around engagement and participation, that discuss details of participatory arts projects by those who make work in this area.

I have borrowed this format for a series of interviews with artists whose practice I’m interested in, as a way to capture thinking about ephemeral moments in practice for further research.

A Very Incomplete Lexicon of LOW PROFILE

LOW PROFILE – A Very Incomplete Lexicon of LOW PROFILE

This “lexicon” (written as part of my MA research 2008 – 10), frames a process of interrogation (searching for, finding, close questioning and unpacking) of terms I have used to tag or label areas of my practice and research, with the aim of developing a vocabulary for discourse around our (LOW PROFILE’s) particular the area of research/inquiry.

This document includes writing on ephemera, the status of the non-virtuoso and the idea of working ‘in series’.

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