Five workshops took place during the final exhibition of the project, in Nottingham Central Library. They were used as a method for stimulating a conversation between different actors about issues that the project wanted to tackle. For each workshop, a set of material prompts was prepared, depending on the questions that the workshop tried to answer. Material prompts served to guide the workshop process and to enable all participants to be active and to have their say.
Workshop 1: Opening and tour (3 September, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.)
Invitation: ‘Come to meet Map Nott participants and discuss various ways of mapping, challenges of community engagement, design methods applied to communication and service design, thinking behind the ways of capturing the identity of communities and places in which they live.’
This workshop offered an opportunity to celebrate, in a more official way (by being in the context of an exhibition), the work that had been done with the communities. Participants were able to see their own contributions, and how their individual efforts had merged with the group effort and ambition.
Workshop 2: Discovering Carrington’s identity (7 September, 5–7 p.m.)
Invitation: ‘In discussion with locals – residents, tenants, organisations, and businesses – we will explore Map Nott’s insights, and work together on creating the agenda for the future period. What is already happening in this small but vibrant area and if there is anything we can do to amplify its positive evolution? How do you imagine your neighbourhood in 2023? Come and take a look into extraordinary everyday life in Carrington and share the ideas and challenges of places in which you live.’
The workshop included several residents, business owners, and local authority members from Carrington, and was conceived around building a future scenario: what could Carrington look like in 2023? What kind of people could be inhabiting Carrington? What kind of actions could lead us to that future? Even though we facilitated the workshop, the discussion, and dissemination of the conversation, this document should be finalised by CTARA members and other interested parties, and it should be used as a guideline for focused community action – a tool for achieving the greatest possible impact.
Workshop 3: Discovering Sneinton’s identity (14 September, 5–7 p.m.)
Invitation: ‘Come along to see how Sneinton-based community groups, community organisers, and local residents have combined their efforts alongside NTU staff and researchers to create some community furniture – fit for many a purpose! We will be in conversation with representatives from local groups who will be speaking on the evening about their engagement methods and the many challenges they face along the way.’
The workshop included several residents, business owners, and community organisers from Sneinton, Carrington, and The Meadows, as well as researchers and lecturers from Nottingham Trent University. It was conceived as a future scenario building game in which we were imagining together what impact we would like to have on Sneinton’s identity in the future, which resources we currently have in our hands, and which actions will lead us towards desired futures. Hopefully, this document will be edited and finalised by any of the interested parties and used as a guideline for focused community action, as a tool for achieving the greatest possible impact. Additionally, Discovering Sneinton’s Identity served to create a new community service around kNott – community furniture designed and built as part of Mapping Nottingham’s Identity project. We tried to identify person(s) interested in managing the distribution and sharing of kNott pieces, as well as its future evolution through other projects.
Workshop 4: Participation in art, architecture, and design (28 September, 5–7 p.m.)
Invitation: ‘Open discussion and talk among professionals interested in participation, as well as for people willing to contribute to the project in the future. What is co-creation in architecture, art, and design? What is the role of an expert in a participatory process? Is there a place for community engagement in education? What are the lessons we learned from Map Nott? What are our next steps?’
This workshop included a tour of the exhibition, as well as a summary of the workshops and methods used thus far. It was important to share this information, since the future of the project was at the core of the discussion. Key stakeholders, such as Nottingham Heritage Partnership or Sneinton Market, were present and willing to promote future collaborations.
Workshop 5: Welcome week workshops (27 and 29 September)
Three workshops were held as part of the NTU Welcome Week – one with master’s students and two with bachelor’s students. The workshop with the master’s students (group of fifteen) was focused on methodology; during the tour, different methods were demonstrated and emphasised. The workshops with the bachelor’s students – eighty students in each group – started with an interactive embodied exercise about communication after which students created a collaborative drawing, based on the ‘drawology’ method (see the video below).