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Autumn 2017 News

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Naomi Wright, our Encounter’s new administrator says:

We have been gathering the latest interesting and exciting news and events for our autumn newsletter.  There is lots going on and new projects in the pipeline.   We hope you enjoy it.   If you are in Dorset, don’t miss ‘The Power of Change’, an event on November 9th for artists and community energy participants.  Details below….  Maybe see you there…

Encounters Elevated and Flourishing…

Encounters has been working with Elevate funds from the Arts Council, to develop its reach and depth of work locally and across the UK. After a year of exploration, we are feeling the harvest of our work together.

Encounters new executive producer Chloe Uden says:

We are experimenting and challenging ourselves with a new co-leadership structure and companions and advisers that have been working with us to write A Story of Change that articulates and explores what difference we want to make and what we want to achieve. This Story has a vision: creating the conditions for a creative, caring, connected world in which all can learn to flourish, living together within the Earth’s ecological limits. It will weave itself through all our work and feels challenging and exciting for us!”

This autumn we have several new projects and public events to share with you.

Coming Up…

The Art of Invitation: Activating Ourselves and our Communities through Creative Engagement

Course dates: Monday, 26 February 2018 to Friday, 2 March 2018

Back by popular demand Encounters are delighted to be working with the Ecological Design Thinking MA at Schumacher College to deliver this short course. Activating participation is an essential craft and The Art of Invitation shares a range of approaches to invite people to join in. Participants learn by doing and develop plans, activities and skills for their own projects, organisations and communities. During this course, we will be focussing on how we place the Invitation in the context of the ecological limits in which we live. All are welcome; you can find further information and book here.

The course will be taught by Encounters creative team members, Anne-Marie Culhane, Ruth Ben Tovim and Lucy Neal who have over 45 years of combined experience of delivering high-quality creative community engagement work.

“This course was so rich and powerful. It was a gorgeous, plentiful delight on all levels. The facilitators and teachers were quite remarkable and this week was, without doubt, the most powerful educative experience I have ever had.” (Past course participant)

Find out more.

Power to Change

9th November 3.30 – 6.00pm | FREE | All Welcome

Encounters is working with RegenSW to encourage artists and other creative practitioners and community energy activists to share their ideas for promoting renewable energy and an energy-wise future. It will be held at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, Dorset.

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Chrysalis will be a new mobile arts, culture and learning space to be made in 2018 by the hands and imagination of people who live or work in the Bio-Region of South Devon. It will become an inspirational resource for Encounters, local community groups and organisations in South Devon and beyond. We want to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds from rural hamlets to larger villages and towns across this region have the opportunity to inform and be part of the design and build of this new mobile communal space that could serve and inspire them in the future.

The Making of Chrysalis is a significant and unique new project for us funded by the Arts Council of England that will gather together people of different ages and backgrounds who live or work in contrasting areas of South Devon including Paignton, Totnes, Newton Abbott, Kingsbridge.

If you are interested in being a partner, adviser, champion, friend or future user of Chrysalis there is an opportunity to find out more about the project by coming along to an information event on 22nd November contact us: or read more.

Torbay Care Homes: Creating a new Charter

As a member of the Torbay Culture and Arts network (Torbay CAN), Encounters has been commissioned by Torbay Culture Board and Torbay council to work across care homes in Torbay to produce a Resident’s Rights Charter. We will be engaging and creatively consulting with care home staff, residents, families and other health and care professionals to create the charter and to find out more about how to define ‘Good Care’.

Encounters companion artists, Jenny Gellatly and Kate Bowman, will be mentored by Encounters Creative Associate Ruth Ben-Tovim to deliver the project. Encounters Graphic Designer Jo Salter will create the charter with animation input from Emilio Mula.

Read more.

What we’ve been up to…

Profusion: The Story in the Object

We were commissioned to create a new work for The International Agatha Christie  in September inspired by Agatha Christies Archeological Memoir, Come Tell Me How You Live. The Festival welcomed visitors from around the world and in Torbay’s Torre AbbeyShelley Castle, Encounters Creative Associate, created an evolving interactive artwork that asked: “In an uncertain world, what one thing would you like to keep for the future?” Visitors brought objects for display along with their stories. One person brought in some seeds – saying “well, we’d need to be able to grow our own food.”

Many others brought in sentimental and personally meaningful objects. The Story in the Object is part of Profusion, a Heritage Futures research project that we are delivering in collaboration with anthropologist Dr Jennie Morgan.

Read more.

Office Move

We are very excited to have moved offices to accommodate our growing team. Find us at Offices 1 & 2, First Floor, The Office, 10 Babbage Road, Totnes Industrial Estate, Totnes, TQ9 5JA. (Find us on Google).

‘Mapping Encounters’ header drawing by Shelley Castle