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Gasworks is delighted to announce that the organisation has been awarded a grant of £60,000 by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to fund Gasworks Participatory Artists' Residency Programme: Connecting Communities; a ground-breaking programme which aims to provide opportunities for artists and migrant communities in Lambeth and Southwark to work together on collaborative projects.

Through Paul Hamlyn Foundation ‘Explore and Test’ grant Gasworks’ Participation Programme intends to widen access to contemporary art for its local community through interactive projects such as workshops, residencies, commissions and events over a two year period. Beginning in November 2018, Gasworks will run two consecutive 8-month artist residencies in which the selected artists will devise and lead a project in collaboration with migrant communities, fulfilling the organisations’ mission to support and offer opportunities for emerging artists to develop new and innovative work, and engaging local audiences with contemporary art.

In 2017, Gasworks commissioned a pilot project with artist and filmmaker Seth Pimlott who worked closely with the Polish and Latin American communities in Lambeth, through the organisations Poles Connect based in Stockwell, Escuela Gabriel García Marquéz in Kennington and Sin Fronteras, a young women’s support and political advocacy group. Together, Seth and these multi-generational organisations have been producing two films which explore and celebrate the histories of migration, ancestral heritage and cultural identity.

Gasworks Participatory Artists' Residency Programme: Connecting Communities will ensure that Gasworks educational work responds to the needs of local communities and roots the organisation in its context by developing and testing new evaluation methodologies by working alongside peer organisations to share best practice.

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We are currently recruiting a Participatory Artist in Residence - read details of the opportunity here - deadline Monday 8 October.