GESF members, Professor Keri Facer and Dr. Helen Manchester are featured in this video from the AHRC/Connected Communities project. Keri is the Arts and Humanities Research Council Senior Fellow and has played an instrumental role in bringing this Utopian Fair about. Helen is the PI on one of the Connected Communities projects – Alonely. Take a peek at the video, and you can spot Keri, along with project leads like Helen, talking about this fabulous and important set of projects.
The Utopia Fair at Somerset House showcased the creative outcomes from 25 AHRC-funded projects alongside 10 additional projects that have been hand-selected by Somerset House. These projects work to bring together local community groups, researchers, activists and artists across the UK to explore how utopian ideals can be used to benefit the environmental and social future of our communities.
The Utopia Fair was the centrepiece of ‘A Year of Imagination and Possibility’ a programme of events that celebrates the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s inspirational text, Utopia. A year of artists, designers, provocateurs and thinkers experimenting with ways we might live, make, work and play.
The Utopia Fair saw representatives from contemporary Utopian movements from all over the UK take up stands in Somerset House’ courtyard, celebrating the pockets of utopia that are flourishing around the country from Newcastle to Merthyr Tydfil, Sheffield to Scotland, Brighton to Doncaster plus a range of London sites.
To find out more about arts and humanities-based approaches to imagining our future, and the AHRC Connected Communities programme: see Utopia 500 | Connected Communities