Social Works?: Live event celebrating and exploring socially engaged practice at Manchester School of Art, 2019. (Image: Jules Lister)
Published: 11 June 2021
SAFEDI is an AHRC fellowship led by by MMU, SAN, & Axis working with social artists, marginalised communities, and policy makers to rethink what inclusion in the arts means. One of the main aims of the project is to work with participants to understand what kind of barriers they are experiencing to culture and creativity; and to change what it means to walk through the door of a gallery, theatre or exhibition space and what might happen inside of them. With arts organisations now re-opening, it is the perfect time to re-think how the visual arts industry can improve access and broaden their audiences. By listening to the people who are experiencing barriers to culture and creativity, they can start to become more relevant. There’s something really powerful in what the outcome of SAFEDI could be, from paper recommendations to physical changes. It deeply reflects and responds to the moment that we’re living in.