Susan Benn's sketchbook

We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with like-minded organisations and individuals whose expertise, imagination, experience and funding capability complements our own.

Working in partnership helps us extend the reach of PAL’s work geographically and into new fields. [encode_email email=”” display=”Contact us”] to explore how we could work together.

Partnership Projects and Programmes

Indian Children’s Film Lab

In December 2009, PAL held its first Screenwriters Lab in India. The Lab was jointly designed and organised by Eleeanora Images (India) and PAL and was supported by the Media International programme of the European Union, the British Council, Children’s Film Society of India, EON Productions, Skillset and the Goethe Institute. The aim of the Lab was to initiate the production of a slate of high-quality Indian films for children. It focused on stories with a potential for co-production and distribution in national and international markets, at the same time developing the creative and practical skills and knowledge needed to make productions for the child and family audience specifically.

Art, Design and Ecology — The Role of Artists and Designers in Creative Environmental Education for Sustainable Development

In November 2007 PAL worked with with the RSA(Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the Centre for Environment Education tobring together a group of international artists including Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller, Kayle Brandon and environmental campaigner and photographer Ravi Agarwal to work a tent in a forest in Ahmedabad. Peacocks shrieked, curious monkeys, chipmunks, snakes and lizards gathered, along with 1,500 environmentalists from 93 countries. For the first time in 35 years of UNESCO’s conferences on environmental issues, artists and their practice led an international conversation about the role of art, and design in education for sustainable development.

We designed and delivered nine hours of workshops over three days, generating new connections, new understanding and new international opportunities for artists working on environmental projects.

Artist as Leader

This ambitious new programme was launched in 2007 in partnership with the Cultural Enterprise Office and On The Edge Research at the Roberts Gordon University in Aberdeen. Over a twelve month period fifteen leading artists and policymakers from Scotland and England, examined ways in which they could demonstrate leadership through the practice of making art. The initiative addressed serious challenges for cultural policymakers at a time of enormous political change in Scotland. The results continue to produce a significant impact on the practice of all those involved.

STEM Fluency East Midlands

PAL was delighted to work with Ignite! to secure a major three-year project 2008-2010, based in the East Midlands and funded by the East Midlands Development Agency. Called Ignition, the project comprised six integrated programmes to promote creativity in the learning of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the region and inspire the next generation of creative scientists, inventors and innovators. PAL’s role was to deliver three residential Labs for STEM teachers, artists and scientists.

Pygmalion Plus

Pygmalion Plus, an annual programme over eight years (2000-2008) of European residential Labs provided training and project development for 80 writers and creative teams of film, TV, interactive and cross-platform media for child and family audiences. The programme, principally funded by EU MEDIA, was delivered by a partnership of several European media training organisations, led by PAL. Pygmalion partners including Primehouse(Germany), BUFF (Sweden), Cinekid (Netherlands) and Katapult Film (Hungary). In 2009, PAL extended the Pygmalion programme into India where it is being developed with local partnersEleeanora Images in Delhi.

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