Arts Projects

We believe that great art should be for everyone and should be an integral part of how we learn.

We look for new ways of ensuring that everyone gets the benefit of both participating in and experiencing excellent artistic experiences.

The SHM Foundation is working in partnership with Voices Now, a UK-based charity committed to enabling people to listen to and sing in choirs, to launch a survey into choir singing across the UK.

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Rhiannon Armstrong makes participatory performance, installation, and co-created artworks for and with those who do not necessarily think of themselves as art audiences. Read more…

The Icon of Freedom festival was a 5-day festival that took place from the 11th to 15th of November 2015 at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower that included literature, design, art, photography, fashion, film and Mexican gastronomy.

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The SHM Foundation is supporting the Waste.Agency, a three year abstract art intervention exploring our understanding of an economy built on consumption and wastefulness. The Waste.Agency was launched on 3rd October 2014 with the opening of an experimental shop in a disused HMV record store on Whittington Avenue, in the heart of The City of London. Read more…

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Since his appointment as the SHM Foundation’s Composer in Residence, composer Stuart Hancock has been working on a brand new English song-cycle that reflects the qualities of British life today. This is how he characterises his approach:

The songs will be perceptive and witty, but non-judgmental, poignant and ultimately celebratory.  Read more…

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The SHM Foundation supported the artists’ collective Platform-7 in the creation of a large scale event for Remembrance Day in 2013.

As part of Silent Cacophony, artistic interventions took place across London and beyond to commemorate bombing attacks from WWI and WWII, which sought to explore how people reach their opinion on war and conflict. Read more…

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The SHM Foundation was delighted to support the Voices Now festival in Northern Ireland in 2013. The Voices Now festival harnesses the recent groundswell of interest in singing in the UK by bringing together professional and community choirs with a diverse range of abilities, genres and backgrounds. Read more…

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Brigitte Mierau is SHM Foundation’s first artist in residence.

Brigitte Mierau has recently graduated from the Drawing Course at University of the Arts London, Camberwell College. While at college she explored story-telling in textile and stitch.

Her stories captured intimate, autobiographical snapshots that are also universally recognizable. Read more…

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The SHM Foundation Artists-in-Residence at this year’s How The Light Gets In festival are the British duo FrenchMottershead. They are bringing their interactive installation Now That’s An Idea to the festival and they want you to take part.

Think of a piece of writing that inspires you, a text that articulates an idea which has influenced your work, life, or beliefs. It can be pages long or just… Read more…

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For the second year running the SHM Foundation are supporting the Barbican’s International Associates programme. The programme brings five international partner orchestras to London to stage world class concerts and varied learning initiatives to a diverse range of audiences.

The International Associates are Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and… Read more…

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and Theatre of the Ayre team up as the ensemble ‘Lutes ‘n’ Ukes’ in this series of workshops in schools, aimed at giving students and teachers the tools to make music together long term. The workshops are held by members of these professional ensembles and timed to coincide with a Lutes ‘n’ Ukes concert in the region.

The Youths and Lutes workshop series emphasises the creation of a sustainable music-making culture in participating schools. Read more…

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The SHM Foundation sponsored a design award at the RSA on conflict resolution in May 2011. The shortlisted entries varied in both their areas of focus and their interpretation of conflict. The submissions took on things as different as intergenerational conflicts in local environments to building better relationships and stronger communities through information, education, and even food.

The top award went to a team in Northumbria University on their project called Resolution Rug (Rinelle Villareal, Chris Wilson and Michael Siney). Read more…

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Venus and Adonis is the earliest surviving opera in English, written for King Charles II at the height of his power. Scenes from court life were set to music by seventeenth century composer John Blow. Elizabeth Kenny and Theatre of the Ayre performed the work with school children between the ages of 6 and 16 in York, Southampton and Oxford. As boy trebles more often star in early music there was an emphasis on spotlighting the wealth of talent and quality of girls’ voices.

The performances of all the professionals were impressive and highly entertaining but the children really stole the show. Not opera as I know it but proof that it can be for all ages and tastes, and that Britain really has got talent! Read more…

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Circus Space provides the only world-class facilities for circus training and production in the UK.

Set up in 1994 in a former Victorian power station in Hoxton, in the East End of London, it enables thousands of people every year to take part in the physical challenges and artistic pleasures of contemporary circus. Participants range from the circus artists of the future studying for a BA Hons degree, through to children and adults taking recreational evening classes; from professional artists honing their artistic skills, to employees from all kinds of organisations taking part in workshops that bring teams together and develop creative thinking skills. Read more…

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Over the weekend of the 6th and the 7th of November 2010, the Barbican and Guildhall School’sCome and Play event offered members of the public a chance to try out instruments, make instruments, to play along to a film, to join a choir or an ensemble.

Free music workshops for beginners took place throughout the first day all around the Centre, including a wide range of drop-in activities inspired by music and film. Children were encouraged to bring their own instruments along, to choose from a selection available or to make a brand new one on the day. Read more…

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The Roundhouse in Camden hosted a four-day festival ‘Voices Now’ this March which celebrated the UK’s unique choral heritage and vibrant contemporary singing culture.

The event was attended by 7,000 people who were all able to join in with top choirs, including the Latvian Radio Choir, BBC Singers, London Symphony Chorus, The Clerks and Holst Singers. The crowds were also entertained by the magnificent a cappella band, The Magnets, and the female vocal group, Juice. Read more…

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The SHM Foundation offered support to the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Creative Learning Division. Drawing on 25 years of work through the Guildhall Connect and Barbican Education programmes, the new division shapes and delivers approaches to engagement with the arts. involving people of all ages across a diverse range of styles. genres and disciplines.

Disruption gave young people aged 14 plus from the East End of London the opportunity to work alongside leading professionals which led to a spectacular fashion performance on the 29th of January 2011. Read more…

About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.



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