What is Percent for Art?
Our Percent for Art team comprises of four arts officers who are based in our Community Investment Team and work across all areas of Bolton. Our arts officers work with residents, community groups, partners and other community stakeholders to develop socially engaged arts projects that help to improve our communities and benefit customers.
We commission appropriate artists or arts organisations, to work with the local community, and we manage the project from start to finish.
The Percent for Art service actively encourages individuals and community groups to get involved in schemes that can offer creative solutions to neighbourhood issues.
Ideas for arts projects can come from our neighbourhood teams and they will focus on specific neighbourhood priorities or be developed through conversations with community groups, partner organisations or other community stakeholders. Sometimes local arts projects are developed through wider Greater Manchester, regional or national networks or funding.
Our service also offers advice and guidance to our partners with regard to developing arts projects involving other social housing customers across Bolton. We have also been commissioned by partners to project manage a number of community arts and public / environmental art projects in Bolton.
Projects can be in any medium including visual arts, performance, music, crafts, digital art and film. They can take the form of arts based consultation, skills and confidence building projects, arts in health & wellbeing work, festivals and celebratory arts, as well as streetscaping and environmental arts projects designed to enhance the physical environment.
2013 Smart materials
This was a Bolton at Home and University of Bolton partnership project funded by Arts Council England & AGMA as part of a three year initiative to increase arts participation in areas of low engagement. The project explored the creative application of smart materials with local arts & crafts practitioners and communities. Smart materials technology was incorporated into artwork by artists commissioned to work with local groups.
Jen Gilmour worked with the Knit & Natter and Women’s Groups in Breightmet to design and make elements that were incorporated into the audio-visual fabric of the ‘If these walls could talk...’ house installation; Nerissa Cargill-Thompson worked with Breightmet Wanderers AFC to create banners for their march in support of the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign, and was also commissioned by elderly residents of Little Lever to help them design and install a 21m garden mural; and Sue Walpole ran print-making workshops with elderly members of Little Lever West Residents Association to create crafts for their fundraising event.
“The project provides new opportunities for people to create, develop their skills and to demonstrate how technology can be fun and easy to use.” Kate Holmes PhD