Making Conversation is a short radio series that invites 20 people local to Suffolk and Norfolk from across the political spectrum to have open and constructive conversations while participating in a creative activity.

Produced by Creative Lives in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and BBC Radio Suffolk, Making Conversation aims is to highlight the community building impact creativity can have in an increasingly polarised landscape. At the end of these sessions, we will have two artworks per discussion that will then form an exhibition that includes both the artworks and accompanying audio.

The Call-Out

Invitations will be sent to our connected community groups including the existing ‘New Beginnings’ network that was built from our previous project. Those that wish to be involved will be sent a questionnaire and then paired up with a person whose answers included some differences; It’s worth noting the interest is in differences in experience rather than inflamed opinions. Participants are also welcome to apply as a pair if they know someone they feel could be interesting to talk with on a given topic.

The Workshops

The recorded workshops will take place at local community centres so that participants feel welcome. A variety of art materials will be provided along with some examples and tasks to generate a diverse mixed-media exhibition. They will be asked to create artworks as a response to the theme of their discussion in order to generate relevant conversation.

The Radio Output

5 episodes, 20 minutes running time. Each episode will contain two different discussions that come under the same theme. The themed episodes will include: Home, Family, Love, Transformation, Body.

The Exhibition

The 20 artworks will be displayed at a local venue(s) along with accompanying audio that will be played through headphones.

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