The Start of Something: Waddington Cultural Collective

Analysis of Process was the subject of a day long symposium in Lincoln in January 2017 held by Waddington Cultural Collective, featuring presentations and discussions about process within and cross the creative disciplines, followed by an afternoon of discussion about possible future project ideas. Members of WCC will be reflecting on their progress our open platform for The Start of Something at QUAD in Derby on 28th April.

About Analysis of Process

Waddington Cultural Collective (WCC) brings together seven individuals living in the same village (Waddington in Lincolnshire), with each member working in diverse creative disciplines (theatre design, costume, writing, film, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, curation, and arts education). For some, ‘rural’ means sub-standard, pastoral, romantic, forlorn and irrelevant to the modern world while ‘urban’ suggests cutting edge, progress, relevance and validity – WCC contend these stereotypes. We are aware that our international reputations are perhaps at curious odds with our location, but of course this misunderstands the nature of communication in this early part of the 21st century.

Analysis of Process is an idea conceived by WCC whereby its members collaboratively explore what they do, what they individually bring to the group and how they could create new work together. The idea, introduced at our annual event, Things Happen, in March 2016, has developed over the last year, with the group coming together in May 2016 to host an evening of presentations and group discussion for an invited audience. This event revealed surprising cross overs between disciplines; interest in differences within the working methods that could led to new work; ideas of the spaces between practices; the excitement of working cross disciplinary between one or two others; the interest within the community for these types of discussion events; collaboration with other arts organisations within the region.

Since then WCC members have been working in pairs for in-depth documented conversations, which formed the basis for a day-long symposium held at The Collection and Usher Gallery on 13th January 2017. Analysis of Process featured presentations and discussions about process within and cross the creative disciplines, followed by an afternoon of in depth discussion led by an independent critical friend to unpick and develop possible future project ideas. The group aimed to use the event as an opportunity to publicly explore what it is and what it does and as a platform for a year long series of public events held in Waddington featuring open discussions or presentations for audience discussion.

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The Start of Something is a project which, through conversation, seeks to bring people in the East Midlands together to explore a common goal, share experience and  work collaboratively, ultimately to make things happen. Proposals for new conversations are invited at any time and CVAN EM will consider how it might support a conversation to take place to benefit the widest community and make the greatest difference within the region. Let us know if you would like to propose a topic.