Placements in Participatory Settings

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and ArtWorks Scotland invited a group of recent RCS graduates to reflect on their experiences of placements in participatory settings. Sharing their experience of a variety of social contexts and art forms, these emerging artists have used their own learning and reflections to analyse their learning and shape it into advice for future students.

The artists who have contributed to this resource are practitioners specialising in music, drama, dance and design.  They undertook placements in social contexts including day centres, criminal justice settings, with very young and much older learners and with people with Autism and other disabilities.

We invited the contributors to approach this task broadly including; their arts practice, communication with the participants, communication with the host organisation, communication with their Lecturers at RCS, what they learnt, what they would do differently and what they wish they knew before they began. Each artist’s contribution is accompanied by further reading and research resources relating to the art forms and settings.

We hope that these reflections act as a useful resource when considering a placement in a participatory context, during that placement and when thinking about how to reflect on an experience.

RCS and ArtWorks Scotland would like to thank the students, their host organisations and mentors for the time and energy they have given to developing this resource.  We would also credit and thank BA DFTV second year student, Fergus Thom for his film work on the projects and Viviane Hullin for her project co-ordination skills.