2.1 Stories To Be Heard

Co-design has been at the heart of CTC. not least in shaping and evolving the outputs of the project. This is the case for the prototype projects – six new cultural products developed by teams of artists, technologists and co-researchers – working together as ‘co-designers’. One creative practitioner, Annie Lywood, said: “I’ve learnt from this project how important co-design is and how to do it better, and how to be more inclusive, and how valuable it is. So, I think I’m more an advocate for it, due to the project.” This is an extract from a film about one of the prototype projects; ‘Anyone Remember the Washhouse?” This project used organic workshop-based methods, facilitated by artist Ros Martin, where there was a blurring between artist and participant. Stories, writings, songs and memories of washing were gathered by women whose mothers came from the Caribbean and/or were working class – stories that have been hidden, but tell us so much about the experiences of our forebears. This project used co-design to make visible intangible heritage, record and preserve it for future generations. But it also gave participants complete ownership of the way in which that heritage is expressed, and of the outputs of the project.