Projects & Process
Our process is to develop ideas and artworks with others, through playful material and dialogic exchange. Since our collaboration began, we have primarily worked with people who have come together to find support and ways to move on from their varied and difficult circumstances. We also work with organisations and other artists and researchers, offering workshops and talks to expand the conversation about how creative approaches can support recovery from trauma, build communities and confidence.
Recent feedback comments from participants:
"This project has totally rebooted my outlook on life”
“Taking instructions is difficult for me, with my autism. But here not getting it right doesn’t matter”
"I've never been involved in something as transformative as this"
“I have become more aware of myself. More open to change within myself, in a more constructive way”
“My brain is waking up and I feel so alive”
“This project is safe to feel and think about your feelings”
"I’ve been stimulated being around other women and being introduced to new ideas. It did shift something in me, I suddenly got ideas"
2022 - 2023
Cole & Joslin received an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant in 2022 to develop new research in partnership with Brighton Women's Centre, Phoenix Arts Space and FuseBox, Wired Sussex. This project also involved a collaboration with Acting Our Age, Flexer & Sandliland's intergenerational movement group and mentoring with film-maker Andrew Kotting, supported by an A-N Artist's Bursary.
Image by Alyce
2017 - 2018
Commissioned by People United and Joining Hands Joining Hearts, this year-long project involved weekly sessions where we worked with a group of women at their safe house in Kent. The aim of the project was to create a digital outcome that could be used both as an artwork and as a resource to generate awareness around the complexities of domestic abuse and coercive control. Conversations have continued with some of these women, leading to new video works such as LAZY.
Collage Conversations with Brighton Women's Centre staff
Cole & Joslin delivered a workshop for BWC's staff team at their annual WellBeing Day, March 2022.