Rhiannon Armstrong makes participatory performance, installation, and co-created artworks for and with those who do not necessarily think of themselves as art audiences.
Art in and for workplaces is a programme of participatory artistic interventions for an office environment. It is designed to energise the workforce and open people up to new ways of thinking about the relevance of art and artistic practices to their lives. An evaluation process is conducted alongside the programme to assess its impact: this process focusses in particular on the conditions which enable impact and engagement.
The SHM Foundation is providing access to a workplace for the pilot study of Art in and for workplaces. The pilot uses an action research evaluation methodology, chosen because it allows the feedback of participants to shape the delivery of the project. Unique areas of impact relevant to organisational health have been identified by Rhiannon Armstrong and SHM Foundation trustee Professor Maurice Biriotti following a review of data collected in a previous experimental placement conducted by the artist at SHM Productions in 2013 and 2014.
The SHM Foundation believes that great art should be for everyone and should be an integral part of how we learn, and looks for new ways of ensuring everyone gets the benefit of both participating in and experiencing excellent artistic experiences.
The main purpose of this programme is to serve the arts by widening participation in and access to artistic activity. It does this by seeking to create a context in workplaces in which the arts are experienced as relevant to the lives of those participating, whether they normally consider themselves consumers and producers of artistic output or not.