The Social Housing Arts Network (#SHAN) project was developed following a successful research and development period in 2013 with Bolton at Home, supported through the Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, exploring how arts organisations / collectives can work with a local social housing provider to explore the impact outreach art projects can have on the community.
SHAN Project Managers Guild used the learning from the research and development phase to support a successful bid to the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to deliver a three-phased socially engaged art activity, spanning across four social housing providers in the UK.
Working in four locations with four social housing provider partners – Bolton at Home, Poplar HARCA, St Leger Homes, and South Yorkshire Housing Association – the project will work with specifically targeted local areas over a three-phase project.
Project partners Bolton at Home worked with Guild and local residents to recruit writer Sarah Butler on a project that aimed to bring refugees & asylum seekers and the wider Breightmet community together using the theme of Growing, Cooking and Sharing.
The Breightmet project showcase event was held in December at Breightmet Library, and the final artwork was unveiled. The ‘Growing, Cooking, Sharing Box’ is a beautiful yet functional and interactive resource offering recipes, growing tips and stories, gathered from Breightmet residents and Bolton at Home staff during the project, for people to browse through, take away and add to. The Box is currently on display at Breightmet UCAN Centre and is engaging customers, who have been contributing their own recipes, growing tips and stories.
SHAN Partner projects have been developed in the three other areas – Sheffield, London and Doncaster. Each project is different; each one at a different stage; each facing different challenges and opportunities.
You can find out more about the SHAN project at http://www.socialhousingartsnetwork.org.uk/news/