Common Cause Workshop Bristol

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Throughout 2017 the Common Cause Project will be offering workshops for members of Black and minority ethnic communitites which seek to promote discussion about ways of enabling and producing co-productive collaborations between universities and Black and minority ethnic communities or cultural organisations. This event on 8th September will provide an open space for talking through (often difficult) experiences, concerns and risks as well as articulating the rich potential of such collaborations.

There will be three primary priorities addressed in various ways throughout the day throughout the day to provide particpants with a useful experience:

1. Advice and Guidance on Partnership Working with Universities. Local case studies and experiences of participants will provide some indications of the ways in which community partners might work with universities.

2. Networking, both with other cultural and community organisations and with people who have successfully collaborated with universities before.

3. Opportunities to influence the future funding landscape for community arts and activities

There will be facilitated activities and networking throughout the day, with an optional opportunity for further discussion from 3-5pm.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


This is an open call for members of Black and minority ethnic communities participation in the workshop, but we would like to specifically encourage racialised and ethnic minority artists, writers or community organisations. We hope to bring together a rich wealth of knowledge from across the region of people who have led or set up an arts or community-based project, or attempted to do so, have sought or experienced a collaborative project with a University, a Further/Higher Education institution or some other academic space. Do please also reach out if you have had contact with local arts and community-based individuals and organisations, or are yourself a creative practitioner.

Although this event will be hosted in Bristol, we welcome participants from across the region or from other sites within the UK. More opportunities exist to participate in future workshops. Please see our website, below, for additional dates and venues.


We are able to offer a small number of travel and subsistence bursaries for participation, which will be given on a first-come-first service basis. Please email your interest and request to



The Common Cause partners are Connected Communities, University of Bristol, Runnymede Trust, Xtend (UK) Ltd, University of Nottingham’s Centre for Race & Rights, Translating Cultures AHRC programme, University of Liverpool and the Arts Council.

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