The Borders Within - Lyrix Organix x Active Citizens (British Council)

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66 million people on one island. More isolated than ever. A call to action for artists, creatives & social entrepreneurs. Because change can happen through us. Not just to us.

"We have a great opportunity. As we redefine our nationhood we can work to create a country that is open, vibrant, resilient and diverse. We can show that our borders are not constructed to further an ideology of isolationism and discrimination" (The Borders Within - Spurrier, 2018)


* You will need to complete a short Registration Survey when you purchase a ticket to determine your eligibility. See 'Who Are We Looking For - Open Call' below for full details and elgibility criteria.

* The course is FREE but you pay a £20 deposit. You will be refunded this deposit if:

  1. you complete the 5 day course
  2. OR you are ineligible for the course
  3. OR you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop begins

* You must be available to attend and complete the whole 5 day course

  • DATES: Sat 9 + Sun 10 + Fri 15 + Sat 16 + Sun 17 November (10am - 5pm)

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Join a pioneering Social Leadership x Arts & Culture training programme with top facilitators, special guests, mentoring, seed funding and a worldwide network of 75 countries.


An open call to poets, musicians, rappers, writers, theatre makers. Visual artists, film-makers, photographers, designers. Social entrepreneurs, producers and change makers.


A body of work designed by you; a collective of socially-minded artists. Collaborate to design and deliver social action projects that affect change in communities. In response to the theme of ‘Island and Isolation’ in a post-Brexit era.

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Just one week after Britain is due to leave the European Union, Lyrix Organix x Active Citizens (in partnership with British Council) launch ‘The Borders Within’. A 5-day social leadership workshop programme leading to a collection of artistic responses in the form of community social action projects (delivered outside of workshops) - on the theme of ‘Island and Isolation’ e.g. mental health, housing, immigration, class, ethnicity, intergenerational, social media

Globally connected, locally engaged.

Active Citizens is a global Social Leadership and Arts training programme delivered in 75 countries worldwide in partnership with British Council. Lyrix Organix is launching an open call for 30 artists/ social entrepreneurs/ changemakers to take part in a special UK-based 5-day intensive training course (across two weekends):

  • Immerse | a landmark new Artist programme for social change

  • Learn | build community-led social development through Arts & Culture

  • Expert facilitators | Deanna Rodger & Dan Tsu

  • Daily special guest ‘provocations’ | Activists, Artists, Systems Thinkers

  • Expert training to become a facilitator

  • Collaborate to design your own social action projects

  • Create a body of work with a collective of socially-minded artists

  • Mentoring & Seed Funding for your social action project

  • Kickstarter | support and advice

  • Join a global network | 11,000 Active Citizens projects worldwide (with international opportunities)


Experience not essential - but passion, creativity and ideas are.

Age 18+. Wide age range encouraged. No upper age limit.

  • People keen to use arts & culture to create social change

  • Passionate about creating change in your community

  • Keen to develop facilitation skills

  • Strong sense of local culture and identity

  • Keen for social justice

  • Committed, and with time, to deliver Social Action Projects (in small teams)


Stage 1

  • 5x full day workshops (10am - 5pm TBC) in Central/East London (Zone 1-2)

  • Sat 9 / Sun 10 / Fri 15 / Sat 16 / Sun 17 November

  • A 5-day programme taking 30 participants through four stages of the Active Citizens Learning Journey

  • Small teams design and deliver their own social action project (SAP) using their creative approach to the theme of ‘Isolation & Island’. At least one group to specialise in Film.

  • Examples of SAPs: a photography campaign for refugee rights / a Forum theatre piece on social exclusion and mental health / an intergenerational live music event / an art installation on inequality

Stage 2

  • Each group awarded Seed Funding for their SAP

  • Each group receives 2x one hour SAP surgeries with a mentor to support their progress

  • Each group receives support from Kickstarter (if they decide to pursue crowdfunding)

  • International Study Visits - opportunity to host international guests / build global networks

  • OVERALL TIME COMMITMENT: will depend on your project, but expect minimum one day per month over 6 months (on average) beyond the 5-day workshops

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* We are commited to making Lyrix Organix projects accessible. Please email lyrixorganix@gmail.com and we will do us best to help you if:

  • If you cannot afford the deposit we have bursaries to cover the cost.
  • If you have access requirements that make it difficult for you to complete registration.
  • If you have access requirements to participate in the workshop.
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