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Chrysalis, the Flight Collective

Groups involved in the Making of Chrysalis are working towards running it as a shared community asset. Can we carry the intentions of those who dreamt and built it to the next level?

Until summer 2020, groups involved in the Making of Chrysalis are working towards running it as a shared community asset.

Can we carry the intentions of those who dreamt and built it to the next level?

Chrysalis is a mobile arts, culture and learning space. It was made in 2018 - 2019 by the hands and imagination of hundreds of people living or working in the Bio-Region of South Devon. Those who co-created this resource imagined up a space in which we might model and explore how caring communities can live within the Earth’s ecological limits.

Encounters invited representatives from groups involved so far to carry the ethos of co-creation forward to next stage. The Flight Collective is a small group of about 10 volunteers and community builders hatched from the Making of Chrysalis. Together we will explore how this versatile resource can be looked after and used collectively. We will share visions, test ideas and work out practicalities for the future of Chrysalis.

There are interesting and sometimes knotty questions for the collective to decide on. This will include agreeing strategy, actions and tools to make sure that a wide community benefits from Chrysalis, alongside the opportunity to design and deliver activities which stay true to our values.

Chrysalis, the Flight Collective brings together people and partners with a wide range of skills and experience in the community to work in non-hierarchical ways around this resource. Through the project, Encounters Arts will shift the power, responsibility and decision-making away from the centre and towards a wider range of people and partners.

People talk to me about how, with all that’s going on now in the world, it can feel awkward, tricky, finding out how to work collectively. As a society, we are not very used to this sort of collaboration. But if we pull together and give it a go, maybe Chrysalis, the Flight Collective will be a microcosm of how we can be together and interact differently around resources in ways the world really needs right now.

Sarah, creative producer for Chrysalis, the Flight Collective

For those of us forming the Flight Collective, this is an adventure into a new way of being in community around a shared resource. This experimental project will run until summer 2020 to allow time to explore, understand and reflect on some of the ingredients of working collaboratively in this way.

Chrysalis, the Flight Collective is one of a small number of Co-Creating Change Project Commissions funded through Battersea Arts Centre. The commissions are for projects which use co-creation to effect social change. Together these projects will add to the wealth of co-created practice already taken place, creating positive change in communities across the UK. 

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