Since 2013, 21 Artists has had four, month-long artist development projects focusing on art and social change. To date, we have worked on 4 international projects with 85 artists who made 85 bespoke pieces of work in collaboration with 5 communities and drawing over 5000 visitors.
This project began under the premise of live art, to increase engagement to arts-based process by the wider public- those who do not normally access the arts; to celebrate and explore process with the same level of attention and reverence as ‘the final product’; and to bring artists from diverse disciplines together on the same platform to create, connect and collaborate through art making. We see these interventions as projects with the potential to bridge artists and communities in locations around the world, opening up dialogue about how we differ, and what connects us, using the arts as a conduit for social change.
21 Artists also supports artists and arts organisations to better understand the impact they make through their work. This is done through creative yet robust approaches to social impact evaluation and arts-based research. You can learn more about this approach on our social impact evaluation page.