The Three Nations

Summary

The Three Nations (Juliette Buss, creative learning consultant and co-director of Corridor; Bryony Farrant-Davis, freelance Creative Engagement Producer; Martin Glover, Deaf Architect and British Sign Language tour guide and facilitator; Megan Leigh, Learning and Engagement Coordinator, Mission Gallery, Swansea) group enquiry investigated inclusive practice within cultural organisations and the role of leaders in promoting and integrating inclusion.

The group felt it was important to gain a stronger knowledge of current practice, and improve understanding of how cultural leaders influence and implement practice in order to demonstrate the role leaders play in affecting change and the impact that has on mainstreaming inclusion.

They set out to obtain a snapshot of current practice through a sector-wide survey, and identify examples of good practice through interviews with sector leaders. This data enabled the group to analyse features and trends in current practice.

The enquiry provides a snapshot of what inclusive practice currently looks like in the sector, the challenges facing leaders and the opportunities that inclusive practice can bring. The research demonstrates some disparity between organisations in terms of attitudes, approaches and understanding of inclusive practice. Some organisations are making fundamental shifts in practice and structure, whilst others are struggling, or not prioritising inclusion. One size does not fit all, and every organisation has different needs and faces unique challenges. Cultural leaders need significant support in developing strategies and approaches that meet their organisation’s needs.

The research data has been summarized as a report accompanied by a PDF of summarised survey data. Alongside this, as a direct response to our findings, The Three Nations also produced the following:

  • The Honeycomb of Inclusion: A simple card game consisting of a set of ten full colour printed cards. The game is designed to prompt conversation and shape action, encouraging arts & cultural leaders to address issues their organisation may be facing around access and inclusion. The honeycombs are for use in organisational change or project planning. The key themes naturally link and overlap, rarely existing in isolation. They are designed to be open-ended. They can be tackled from a range of viewpoints. The prompts are flexible and responsive and relevant for discussion with everyone. A PDF version of the card game is available.
  • The Dining Table Syndrome: An Analogy to Exclusion. A short visual vernacular (VV) film created by Deaf artist Zoe McWhinney and her brother Thomas McWhinney intended as a stand-alone piece, but also as an introduction to the honeycomb cards — a creative interpretation about the barriers that people face. VV is a physical theatre technique primarily performed by Deaf artists, a style of storytelling style that combines BSL with mime, gesture and facial expression.
  • A spreadsheet of organisations providing support, advocacy or resources for the sector

Details 

Contributor(s): Juliette Buss, Bryony Farrant-Davis, Martin Glover, Megan Leigh
Artist(s): Zoe McWhinney and Thomas McWhinney
Email: extend@engage.org
Publication date: April 2020 
Cost: Free download
Language:  English, British Sign Language
Details: PDF download, Film
Project: Extend Leadership Programme