“I found hearing you speak about socially engaged practice illuminating and refreshing. You clarified my misunderstandings (and preconceptions) about working in the public realm, and gave me really practical advice. I was also surprised to hear just how wide and diverse public facing events can be, and I left our session feeling enthused and hopeful about organising something in this area for the future.”
Charlie Franklin, Mark Devereux Projects Studiobook Programme 2017
“Bo came and shared with us about socially engaged art. It was a pleasure to hear about the projects she’s worked on how she prioritizes community participation whilst maintaining the artistic integrity of the project. I liked how she places so much trust in the artist, whilst building her projects in a way which empowers the community including them in the decision-making process. Bo evidently produces an artistic outcome with real social value, which is owned by the community. I would certainly trust her to manage a socially engaged art project with excellence. I really enjoyed meeting her. ”
Elizabeth Kwant – Mark Devereux Projects Studiobook Programme 2017
“It is impossible to pick one aspect, more importantly there was nothing I didn’t enjoy! The photographic project (Finding Samuel Morley) was what first got me interested and from that I have made some friendships which, I have no doubt, will last forever. The whole programme has given me so much, I feel inspired and more confident in my own abilities.”
Yvonne Wright, ‘The Morley Union’ Samuel Morley Learning Programme Backlit 2015.
“This project has really changed my life. I have made new friends and learnt to appreciate the buildings and the history of my surroundings so much more. I am a Muslim and many people have quite negative thoughts towards us at the moment. I have a strong belief in Allah and I think that he has given me this opportunity to make a difference in my life, by making friends and learning to see things differently through other people.”
Naseem, participant Finding Samuel Morley Learning 2015.
"I like my own drawings, contributed my own ideas outlined my own culture and everyone elses"
"Gave the black community a voice, so I can teach my own people"
Participants from Pathways - Nottingham's black history mural 2016.