Mon 14 Nov 2022: 10:30AM

Exploring Failure in the Arts

Venue: Online
Prices: Free

A free interactive workshop on Mon 14 November 2022, 10.30am – 12 noon, led by FailSpace champions Pamela Crowe and Joanna Jowett, which will be BSL interpreted and live captioned.

FailSpace is based on the principle that learning from failure should be an integral part of the process of making and implementing cultural projects and policies — but the research suggests that this is not always welcome in formal evaluation processes, which tend to focus on celebratory facts and figures about a project’s success and conceal or brush-off negative outcomes or issues.

At this informal online workshop you will be introduced to the principles of FailSpace and a range of practical tools to support you to facilitate more honest and open conversations about failure – and how to learn from these experiences.

They start from the premise that projects are rarely an outright success or failure. Rather, success and failures are better understood to different degrees along a spectrum. Furthermore, different stakeholders, with differing value systems, will define ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in different ways. In order to ensure we are learning it is necessary to ask: success and failure for whom? In what ways? To what effect?

This workshop will take place on Zoom and last for 1.5 hours.
There will be a comfort break after 45 minutes, but participants can leave whenever they need to.
Participants are welcome to self-select whether they have videos/microphones turned on.
Live Captions: This workshop will be live captioned.
BSL Interpreters: This workshop will be BSL Interpreted.
Toolkit & Support materials: Attendees will be sent links to access downloadable FailSpace resources in advance to support participation on the day.

If you have any questions in advance, please get in touch with or

Child Friendly
Parents and those in caring roles are particularly invited to join us for this workshop, along with children. No apology will be necessary for their presence, needs or noise. This will be an adult-centred but child friendly online workshop.

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