Departure meeting


Three participants from Stockholm will travel to Birmingham.

Who are we?

Johan Stigholt – photographer and ethnologist working at the City Museum of Stockholm. Working with documentations of both people and buildings in the Stockholm area.
Currently I am working in a project with unaccompanied children, teaching them photography and collecting their stories of being an unaccompanied child in Sweden today.


Johanna Karlsson – facilitator of cultural strategic staff. My job is to coordinate the Culture Administration’s resources and work in five selected districts in the suburbs. The aim is to stimulate local cultural development and keyword work is cooperation between the municipality, civil society and cultural entrepreneurs.
I have previously worked at the Stockholm City Museum, where I started as an archaeologist, and when I finished, I worked with the development of digital tools and accessibility of cultural heritage online. In Stockholm we have a web service called “Stockholmskällan” which was the result of my and others’ work. My work with developing the local cultural scene includes responsibility for financial grants to the city’s halls.
I am a happy 50-year-old, with three teenage daughters, who love football.


Bengt Staf – member of the staff of the Stockholm School of Arts. My professional background is as a music teacher and managing director within several music and art schools in the Stockholm region. Between 2006 and 2013 I worked as the head of one of the units of the Stockholm School of Arts. Since 2013, my main focus is strategical planning and managing development projects within the school. In this role I am involved in different projects where the main aim is to develop activities and offers that can attract young people in the socially disadvantaged areas of Stockholm. I am also a member of the SSA’s EU-working group and I have participated in several European projects.

This is what they want to show us:

  • How participation has increased by applying the principles of co-production with the community.
  • Arts activities in the nontraditional sites of local actors in deprived socio-economic areas, including community centers; shopping centers;
  • Opportunities to meet with residents and partners who have been leading projects and programmes and their learning regards to building participants; audiences and wider engagement in community activities, especially with diverse communities of Birmingham.
  • The specific challenges of diversity (e.g. access, language, cultural barriers is defined by faith or cultural practices).
  • Partnership funding and fundraising for community activities to allow them to develop and become self-sustaining.
  • Opportunities to engage with art form debates with artists and arts organizations in terms of appropriate engagement, digital and technology issues and cultural boundaries.


Draft timetable

Day 1
Morning session: 10am – 12:30pm

Introduction session:  Birmingham Arts infrastructure
Local Arts – Arts Champions, Local Arts Fora and Connecting Communities programme
Led by Val Birchall with BCC staff

Lunch with opportunity to meet BMAG staff

Afternoon session 2pm – 5pm
Walk through BM&AG with learning team to outline education programme
Walk down to BRB, DanceXchange and Hippodrome to meet Arts Champions programme leads and their work in Hodge Hill and Ladywood.
5pm – 6.30pm Presentation in Patrick Centre of work undertaken by these organisations

Evening Session:
Drinks&performance opportunity in Patrick Centre/ Hippodrome or Birmingham Rep



Day 2
Morning Session: 10am – 12.30pm
Organised tour by mini-bus/taxi to:
Ladywood Arts Forum & BRB (Summerfield Leisure Centre/ Soho House & Soho Connecting Communities programme)
Ladywood Health & Community Centre – Creative Spin project

Lunch Perry Barr Rookery School or Soho House

Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm
Perry Barr LAF – Witton (Birmingham Settlement – Centre for the Aston Family) Photography and storytelling for families & Seniors young people 18 – 30 through partnership CBSO
Erdington Connecting Communities – Kingstanding Leisure Centre – KFC Café & Witton Community Centre (asset transfer) Skills training with arts for families & visit Erdington St Barnabas Church & Birmingham Rep

Evening Session:
Performance at Birmingham Rep or THSH



Day 3
Morning Session: 10am – 12.30pm
Selly Oak Local Arts Forum work with young people on Druids Heath Housing Estate – photography & portraiture – BOC & Ex Cathedra
Northfield Library & Ward working with young people, dance and music & Baptist Church groups & Sampad

Lunch mac and workshops with young professionals

Afternoon Session: 2pm – 5pm
Yardley LAF work with IKON at Oasis Hobmoor Community Centre & young people & families – dance & music & art
Balsall Heath / Springfield Project Mosaic created with young people & Families
Hodge Hill work with Bordesley Green young people using stories, dance & music with DanceXchange & Birmingham Hippodrome
Shard & Ward End Library good examples to include

Evening – Performance / sharing meal