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Image credit: Caroline Cardus – The Way Ahead


Here and now (postponed until 2021)

We are proud to announce we are part of Here and Now, a project which brings together over 40 arts centres to explore the hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations and fears of the communities they are a part of.

Caroline Cardus, a visual artist and writer who is interested in language, sub-cultures and identity, will be leading the project for The Civic.

Cardus’ previous work The Way Ahead, launched in 2004, was a ground-breaking fine art project, which used the form of road signs to reflect the issues disabled people wish the government and society was addressing more thoroughly.

Taking inspiration from The Way Ahead, Cardus will be working with local disabled groups in Barnsley, hosting workshops where participants will make their own road signs, in their own voice. 

The final completed fabricated signs will be displayed in The Civic’s Mandela Gardens in line with Barnsley’s No Limits: Disability Pride Festival in July.

Cardus will be also collaborating with artist Dolly Sen, whose subversive blogs around art, disability and humour have a huge international following, to create a unique, performative event.

Please keep an eye on our blogs and social media channels for updates regarding this project!

Moved by Art Engagement Programme

In April 2019, The Civic was successful in receiving a grant from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help us develop our community engagement programme and reach new audiences. The project runs for the next three years and focuses on five identified community areas delivering a programme of events & workshops in those areas, the launch of a new volunteer development programme and further development of our resident theatre company Cross the Sky.

We want to develop and sustain longer-term relationships with education providers and community groups in the target post code areas and connect deeper into the Barnsley borough with our work.

We want communities in Barnsley to feel like high quality arts and culture is not only accessible to them, but relevant to them too. We want to enable more people in our communities to share their own stories, create their own art and feel connected to The Civic.

To find out more about this project and opportunities to get involved with our work please email [email protected]

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