At Foreground we are committed to making our audiences an active part of inspiring and producing the artworks we commission.
We see social communities as artistic collaborators and our projects create their own very special communities through inviting people to work directly with us and artists to make new art together, embedding learning and participation into the very fabric of how our projects are made.
This can vary from young people not in employment, education or training working with university students and local artists to create a major installation with Richard Woods in Intervention / Decoration, to retired metal workers, professional blacksmiths, long distance lorry drivers and hardcore bands and fans working with Matt Stokes to create Voice | Hand | Hammer | Fire for Frome Carnival as part of Independent State. These collaborations not only produce innovate artworks but everything from new social networks and increased self confidence to opportunities in education and employment.
Improving the quality of experience and understanding of contemporary art within the statutory education system is also a specific focus for Foreground and since 2008 we have built a strong partnership with school partners. This has seen substantial projects bringing leading contemporary artists into school environments to create new commissions, such as our partnership with Frome Community College on Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia in 2014. We will be developing our commitment to this way of working throughout our Primary/Bristol commissions in Bristol primary schools throughout 2016 and 2017.
2017 will also see exciting new developments in our learning programme in Frome, including activities for children and families and the Night School programme of hands-on workshops with leading makers from the Frome Independent.