Polly from public works joined the British Council event in Istanbul

'Creative Collaboration In Europe and Beyond'

The British Council launched a major new arts initiative across South East Europe and wewere invited to take part in it. The British Council wanted to bring together an exceptional group of creative professionals to build new networks and develop new forms of collaboration between arts communities in Europe and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Over 100 international delegates came together for the British Council event called “The Space” which took place in Istanbul from 24th – 27th November.

The event was based on the use of 'Open Space Technology' – a lively and interactive method of stimulating dialogue and learning – where we as a participant set the agenda to deal with the issues that are most important to us. It is an extremely dynamic way of discussing difficult questions and turning talk into action in a very short space of time.

A report was generated by the participants in “The Space” and action groups were formed to take ideas forward.

Public Works partcipated in the 'Who Owns Public Space?' debate and the 'Re-making of Cities' as well as many more. This particular issues have become a point of action and various creative proffesionals from Europe have started to take things forward..watch this space...