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Blue Touch Paper
  • Research evaluation of London Sinfonietta's groundbreaking programme to nurture composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators. 


Blue Touch Paper

Blue Touch Paper is providing composers and their inter-disciplinary collaborators with the context and space to instigate and develop new work, together with a national platform for its presentation.

The research evaluation was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta. The aim was to undertake an iterative process of data collection and analysis so that the evaluation could be formative over two years in the development of the project for all the key stakeholders. Participants were involved in co-designing the research methods and their timing. Outcomes identified factors that supported and impeded success of the collaborations, and the challenges of taking a genuinely experimental approach to the work. It was evident that this kind of scheme can play a significant role in supporting the development of new interdisciplinary work, and the research also highlighted the potential of the community of practice evolving through the scheme between its participants and supporters. 


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In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.