arts collaboration – an online place to share ideas #artsfunding

28 Nov


“…psst!…I think I have an idea….”

Over the last couple of weeks I have been talking to people. Many people. Mostly about plans and future ideas and how we might find better ways of working. Better ways of sharing resources. Better ways to share ideas.

So I have been looking at some online ways in which this could work, and have been doing some thinking about how best to make this happen.

So this is the idea – 

An online space, that can be used to share ideas. You can set up your space and idea and invite who you would like to collaborate with. So it remains an ‘airlocked’ and closed space to the rest of the world, but allows the creative thinking and sharing to happen both on and offline between the organisations who have decided to share their idea. Once the project has developed it can be shared more widely and then be opened up so that it can see the light of day and reach its creative potential and the audience and participants it needs.

It allows the projects to develop and grow and new partners can be invited to join whenever necessary.
It will allow new cross sector projects to develop.
It will be possible to link up with existing projects that can work synergistically.

At the moment we are looking at some Beta ideas and shared spaces. But if you are interested in this as a concept and would like to find out more then please just drop a line to and mark your message ‘online collaboration’

From this we will be able to see who is interested and how best we then move this concept to a build phase

This is about being able to share thoughts with any organisation, by inviting them to your idea and project page and work across sector, across boundaries and across borders…


Marcus Romer
Artistic Director
Pilot Theatre

7 Responses to “arts collaboration – an online place to share ideas #artsfunding”

  1. Tony Wade November 28, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Great idea, will be in touch soon.

  2. Tim Nunn November 28, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Sounds great!Have you checked out Central Station? They don’t go as far as you are describing but they are developing a very extensive network of artists who are meeting for collaboration and sharing on the site, and that’s the biggest task – attracting people in. Once we have a company running we tend to go to Dropbox for sharing and development, which works very well for us. For some reason Central Station has not attracted performance artists in the same way it has people from other disciplines, which is a shame.Lots to learn from Central Station I think. best wishes and good initiative

  3. Ononokpono November 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Great initiative, I’ve been thinking that these social networking sites are meant for a lot more than just highlighting events, they could be creative spaces in themselves. Yes, like like like. Actor/writer seeking work get in touch.

  4. Joanna Loveday November 29, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Really interested in this and how it might work. Think call outs for patnerships or people to collaborate with could have a place online, and open up new opportunities. There are have been a few meetings in Leeds which are also taking place to get different people from different sectors together and they are also looking at an online forum – so might be interesting to look at how they see this working. The open forum is focused on Leeds and is called ‘Experience Leeds’. Info on one of the latest meetings here: and It has been set up by Nick Copland. Best,Joanna Loveday – West Yorkshire Playhouse

  5. Suzy Glass November 29, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    HelloInteresting thoughts.I run Central Station (thanks for the namecheck Tim) and I produce cross-discipline work. I’m regularly having conversations with folk across about how to facilitate collaboration, closed spaces vs open spaces, whether we need bespoke software solutions or just the confidence and skills to use existing spaces etc etc.It seems we’re all talking around the same sort of ideas, which is good. Perhaps we should try to put together a UK-wide working group to explore some of this stuff. What do folk think?Marcus, I’ll drop you an email and maybe we can talk more.Suzy Glass, Producer

  6. taylor nuttall November 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Hey Marcus – this sounds a lot like where we’re expecting Love Culture to grow into – very happy to think collaboratively – also see Knowledge Sharing project through Turning Point network –

  7. Julie Tait December 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi there Marcus,This resonates with me daily working with arts organisations daily and through AmbItion Scotland project specifically on digital development. We know the Central Station project well and they are really building up a head of steam. Our experience echoes Suzy’s about whether its a bespoke software solution, awareness, skills and confidence to use what’s there already or both. Would be interested to be involved in any way..CheersJulie

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