Previous work

Previous activities that demonstrate a range of work are listed below

Evaluating success

Visioning Lab are supporting an organisation to understand the effectiveness of their mental health initiative. The evaluation process builds on the Ordsall Method designed at the University of Salford to support community engagement in projects. The Method takes as a first principle that people need to see value for themselves when participating in projects, including evaluations. So the evaluation process is an iterative and self-learning exercise and includes a selection of participants from across the organisation.

Business development

Visioning Lab works in collaboration with partners putting together bids for funders such as InnovateUK, UKRI, Arts Council, festivals and local authorities. We also help organisations think about their organisational structure and devise business plans and proposals for private investment and diversifying income generation. Our team have applied for over £5million in funding in the past and supported others to apply for over £10m in projects ranging from £5-10k to £1m+ at a time.

Connecting rural areas to the creative digital economy

Visioning Lab supported a research project with University of Manchester and Cheshire East Council, funded by the AHRC Research Council. The project explored the opportunities and barriers for working in the creative sector in rural Cheshire. It considered local authority and related agencies support for creative industries, skills required to engage in creative economy work and how to find creative talent in rural communities. A virtual reality kit was used an engagement method visiting community events and festivals over a 6 month period (Jan-Jun 2018). More info

‘Future Visioning’ sessions run through Visioning Lab

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‘Future visioning’ sessions are a creative device for connecting people to their imaginative selves. Visioning Lab has run 10+ sessions for over 300 people as well as reaching 500 people more through the Visioning Lab YouTube channel.

These visioning sessions take different forms as follows:

  1. Manchester Futurists is a Meetup group run by BBC Futures duo, Rosie Campbell and Ahmed Razek. Visioning Lab ran a future visioning session with 40 members to generate visions of a ‘future city’

2) #IfIwereaStag What would you be? is an art-anthropology collaboration exploring what it is to be non-human. stagsense

The first iteration of this collaboration was an art installation and performance at Brighton Rural Day, part of the Brunswick Festival. A team of artists, anthropologists and a curator created a two day installation as a leafcovered frame with water dripping through clay pots onto pools in a bed of sand and two lifesize stag dummies. In the evening event, we projected images of the changing planet onto the pools and onto the foliage in a nearby pond area. We ran ‘visioning sessions’ over the Sunday helping people imagine themselves as alternative creatures. A sound artist providing an aural backdrop. The installation provoked a strong and thoughtful response from visitors.

small_logo_SF3) Future Salford aimed to stimulate discussion about how the city is changing and how people imagine its future. The project encouraged greater awareness of how people see the future differently – from elected politicians and staff in council and commercial organisations to staff and students at the University of Salford, to children and families in local communities. A Future Salford Sketchbook captures over 60 drawings and ideas expressed in six workshops.

4) Dane Bank Green Space is a contested area of land in Denton. Several Future Visioning workshops for the ‘Save Dane Bank’ organising committee and on their family fun day produced insight into what people expected to happen to the space they were trying to save. The visions of the committee ranged from ‘The Road to Hell’ where the land was completely built over to a ‘open, wonderful, usable green space’. The workshops led to better communication between parties involved and ultimately to the space being ‘saved’ by the community.