Make It Sustainable is really keen to increase the amount of collaborative work undertaken and resources won, towards increasing our arts and social impact, decreasing our environmental impact and raising awareness of environmental issues.
We operate to a significant extent on a platform model, where a large proportion of our charitable aims we anticipate being fulfilled by partnerships and where often we may not be the lead partner. We therefore want to build trusting and open productive relationships with partners in projects.
You may have some questions. Here are a few Q and As.
Q. Do you offer reduced price space if we are in a joint project with you?
A. Potentially yes. Projects with a clear public benefit that contribute to our charitable objects will be considered for reduced cost or free use of spaces. We would normally expect that if funding is received for a project, either a contribution will be made for space hire (at a reduced rate), or the space will be left in an improved state. There may be exceptions to this where some other clear beneficial legacy for The Old Print Works from the project could be demonstrated.
Q. What approach do you take to information sharing in a joint project?
A. We want projects to be fully collaborative. We find they work best like this and so in our partnerships we want an open book approach with the full sharing of information including any funding applications, project finances, and any monitoring and evaluation carried.
Q. What sort of publicity/ recognition will you seek?
A. We want all partners in projects to get recognition and so our support/involvement as well as other partners should be on publicity materials and in social media output and we will do likewise.
Q. What sorts of collaborative projects have you been involved in?
A. An example of this type of collaboration was the project with MAK! In 2016. Czech architects made an improvement to our space (by building two bars) and ran a short film festival with us that reached out to the public and brought a new audience into our space. Another example is our ongoing collaboration with GAP Arts and the Bike Foundry to produce cycling maps for OPW.