Maker-Centric Learning Lab

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Maker-Centric Learning Lab

29th June 2017 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

A cylinder shape is highly decorated with image of dystopia and utopia including illustrations of drugs, mental illness, plants and buildings.

Thursday 29th June


  • Soho Avenue, Off Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham. B18 5LB
  • 0121 348 8150
  • FREE

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This Learning Lab will explore the use of participatory arts and collaborative research methods to widen and deepen community engagement.

Three participatory arts research projects in Birmingham, Bristol and London share their methods, findings and insights on the theme of imagining community futures and utopias.

Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme, these projects in 2016 marked the 500th  anniversary of Thomas More’s influential text.


Questions addressed through the projects include:


  • the importance of the spaces that artists create for dreaming
  • what ‘utopia in the 21st century’ means for diverse communities
  • past visions of the future and the role of the past in community futures
  • the future as a lens or safe space for exploring challenges facing communities
  • community fears and aspirations for the future
  • the role of the future in bringing together or dividing communities
  • utopia as participatory/ creative method

Soho House was home to Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton. It was there The Lunar Society exchanged ideas, discussed philosophy and conducted experiments. They aimed to bring science, culture and commerce together to imagine and enable a better future.

Timetable for the day

10.30-12.30 – presentations & films

1.30-3.00pm – interactive & participatory session: making, doing, talking

Free parking available onsite. Disabled parking and ramped access for wheelchairs.




Soho House Museum
Soho Avenue
Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB
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0121 608 6668