The Start of Something: Waddington Cultural Collective

In January 2018 Waddington Cultural Collective gave us an update on their activities over the last year, which have seen them host a variety of events, collaborate between members and welcome new creative people to the village.

The year started with the WCC symposium Analysis of Process hosted by The Collection and Usher Gallery in which we explored cross-disciplinary approaches to creative practice seen through theatre & film design, writing, curation, and fine art practices. This also saw the launch of the WCC manifesto. This has been followed by events hosted by members of the group as well as collaboration with other organizations. After the CVAN GAM held at the Collection Lincoln on the 24 March 2017 the WCC hosted, led by WCC members Phil Cosker and Andrew Bracey, an evening of short Films at the HUB Waddington.

In April members collaborated with GP and Film, Free and Easy to host the event Film, Free and easy: Random Access at the Waddington Methodist Chapel seeing the works/film from 20 different individuals with full audience in attendance. In October 2017 Danica Maier and Andrew Bracey held a launch event Bummock: Tennyson’s Wake hosted by the WCC involving an overview of the project, workshop, Tennyson readings and sharing of Tennyson related stories. The WCC also held monthly meetings for 6 months to collect and note all the creative activates each member was involved in and achieved over each month.

There is ongoing collaboration between members crossing between, theatre design and writing; arts and curation; and discussion between theatre and art; writing and art. Forthcoming events include a music event led by Danica Maier in collaboration with music composer Dr. Martin Scheuregger; the Paper Airplane competition: held to replace the now lost Waddington Air Show it will be held on the village field the first weekend of July open to all. (date TBC); and Opera for all – an evening event with opera singers talking through and showing the audience various aspects and techniques used in opera singing. (TBA)

We will continue to host and run events (3 – 4 per year) that bring focus on the interests of the members to a cross – over audience. In the longer-term, we are looking to fund and run a weekend long event held in and around the village of Waddington bringing theatre, performance, writing and fine art together. We will be applying to ACE funding for R&D to meet with other villages that have developed major art events as destinations (Wirksworth Art Festival, Whitstable Biennale, Folkestone Triennale, and others).


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.

Find out more about the event


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.

Find out more about The Start of Something and the conversations that we have supported to date.