Course overview


Online teaching

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This exciting short course explores the core components of developing and delivering community arts projects. As opportunities are now limited with cuts to the majority of funding sources, projects must be innovate and timely. Our experienced team have designed this course to ensure you are well placed to overcome funding obstacles, and deliver successful community arts projects.

This course is ideal for you if you are a youth worker, teacher, community group or work in the charity sector and wish to delve into the complex issues that arise when developing a community project. We’ll investigate these issues, uncovering relevant solutions throughout the course. Weekly workshops will explore ways to engage a community through photography, as well as other arts practice. We will examine key themes such as identity, gender, home, belonging, equality, citizenship and everyday life through live examples of successful community arts projects. These examples will be drawn upon to extrapolate best practice in the design, development and delivery of a community arts project. This will be achieved through seminar discussions, individual and group exercises, designed to help you to develop your own projects through to completion.

Why study this course?

• If you are interested in engaging communities through your arts practice, come and learn how the intersection of community and art can benefit your community members
• Share and discover some of the complex issues of developing a community project concept
• Gain practice in planning the practicalities of delivering a project
• Develop a comprehensive funding proposal which includes and speaks to the very particular conditions laid out by funding organisations



Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

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Tutor information

Dr Sireita Mullings-Lawrence

Dr Mullings-Lawrence is an artist and visual sociologist .Theoretically her work draws upon The Caribbean and Black Arts Movements work through the lens of postcolonial studies, race and representation and uses participatory and visual research methods that are pivoted on themes of digital creativity, youth, class, gender, social enterprise, social exclusion, inclusion, belonging, migration, education, safety and danger. This is incorporated into her teaching, community research and art practice.


Course structure

Weeks 1 & 2

  • Review existing projects, potential problems and issues (case studies, best practice)
  • Discuss and develop individual ideas / projects

Weeks 3 & 4

  • Produce a project outline
  • Review applications (Templates and models), how can you transfer your ideas into application form

Weeks 5 & 6

  • Reflect on individual projects, development and identifying key components

Weeks 7 & 8

  • Exploring project management tools, who are the key people you need in your team?
  • How to delegate
  • Risk Assessments

Week 9

Activating that project, carry out steps to get that project framework

Week 10

Present findings and receive feedback

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you will have:

● Developed a knowledge of the way different practitioners approach community arts work.
● An understanding of how artistic practice intersects the needs of the community and gained insight into the role community arts plays in addressing issues of inclusion, equality and diversity.
● Learnt about real projects that are relevant to understanding the impact of community projects in the context of government policy, creative careers, and the communities who are benefiting.
● Developed skills in identifying and devising suitable materials and resources for various community arts contexts.
● Developed a better understanding of funding processes, fund-raising and producing collaborative community arts projects.

About the department

Our STACS Department at Goldsmiths has a rich and vibrant history. We are especially proud of our longstanding commitment to addressing issues of social injustice. Situated in New Cross, in the borough of Lewisham in South-East London we are uniquely placed to tackle the questions that arise in this area, in a local and wider context. 

The activities of our Department are underpinned by an exciting and dynamic research culture which employs a range of methodologies to critically analyse policy and practice in our professional disciplines. We believe that, in choosing to study with us, you will greatly benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you will leave us as a reflective, research minded professional. 

In 2016 we held an Art Therapy Conference, which explored the longstanding relationship between Art and Therapy, which has a strong interdisciplinary tradition at Goldsmiths. Speakers at the event included Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry, and esteemed Psychoanalyst, Patrick Casement.

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