The ARC (Artspace Research Commission) programme was launched officially during Heritage Open Days weekend and was a culmination of our first commission and our partnership with the Challenge Network. The inaugural project comprised a week long residency by artist Nikki Pugh and her bursary recipient, first year Fine Art student Reece Kennedy. During her residency Nikki explored some of the questions and observations about the history, architecture and current purpose of the Artspace building – turning it into a kind of technological playground where common features and every day objects (kettle, photocopier, table etc.) became voyeuristic commentators. By interacting with the work, the public and our Challenge Network volunteers helped us think about future uses of the building and how, and why, it is important to us. The evaluation by Brigid Howarth and Michelle Bowen should help us to shape those thoughts by us and of everyone that played a part in the project into our shared vision for Artspace’s future.

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