Art Of Invitation

Co-design imaginative projects responding to the social and environmental challenges of our time.

The Art of Invitation is the name we give to sharing skills, teaching, mentoring and facilitating that we offer to groups, individuals and organisations and which can be delivered in different formats.

Art of Invitation: Guest blog from Orlaith Treacy

A personal account from an Art of Invitation participant

Activating participation is an essential craft, and The Art of Invitation shares a deep and broad range of approaches and experiences to igniting collective imagination and making change. Participants learn through doing, making, reflecting individually and in groups and develop their own plans, activities and skills for change for their own projects, organisations and communities.

Sessions focus on inspiring case studies, specialist workshops and presentations, design tools and values, systems thinking, embodied making. Guided by the work of Joanna Macy’ we explore ‘what’s it like to live now?’ grounding our work squarely in the realities of our current ecological crises and the challenges of working collectively to mend our damaged relationship to the natural world. Participants are encouraged to bring their own project ideas, plans and experiences as material to develop within the course.  Courses are tailored to the participant group and venue.

The Art of Invitation offers new creative tools for change that can resource you and the projects, communities and organisations that you are involved with and give you the confidence, skills and imagination to create new ones.

"This course was so rich and powerful. It was a gorgeous, plentiful delight on all levels. The facilitators and teachers were quite remarkable and this week was without doubt the most powerful educative experience I have ever had."

Art of Invitation Course Participant

“The course was a fascinating and endlessly inspiring journey, extremely well constructed and thought through.  A holistic journey in all senses."

Art of Invitation Course Participant

The Art of Invitation includes:

Exploring more creative ways of engaging communities in the ecological and social challenges of our times.

  • Effective ways to bring groups of people together and maintaining their involvement.
  • Supporting people to respond and become active in the world.
  • Inspirational ways to reach and include more diverse groups of people.
  • Exploring how making art together can accelerate change.

We have delivered Art of Invitation to Ecological Design Masters students (including mentoring); as a five day short course; as a one day ‘taster’ course; as part of an European conference etc.

Lucy Neal, Ruth Ben-Tovim and Anne-Marie Culhane deliver this strand of work.

People we have worked with