Founded in 2013, 21 Artists is a values-driven, arts-based project facilitating, hosting, documenting and evaluating arts-based organisations, projects and interventions on an international scale.
As a symbol of creation and new beginnings, the number 21 was chosen to represent the creative freedom and transformation integral to every project. Through our international exchanges, collaborations and exhibitions, 21 Artists has brought together artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in alternative spaces to create work around a theme relevant to the spaces themselves and the people who live, work and play in the community where the projects take place.
In addition to offering creative approaches to social impact evaluation and creative business development, we run place-based arts interventions in collaboration with local communities and organisations.
Our work focuses on three key areas:
Sometimes our projects are a combination of a couple or all of these elements, but the majority of our work falls into one of those three categories. We view the organisations or companies we work with more as collaborators rather than clients, working closely together towards a shared aim of creative social change. 21 Artists views itself as a mechanism to capture the magic and make a case for the excellent work our collaborators are doing through robust yet creative approaches to evaluation, research, social impact and exchange.
To find out more about how we work, visit our page about our approach.
Through interventions, workshops, consultation and curatorial support, 21 Artists is dedicated to the exploration of documenting, evaluating and exploring social change, with a particular focus on the creative industries. In an increasingly competitive funding environment, we believe social impact is not only an essential tool for better understanding of an organisation’s mission and impact but can also be an incredible funding tool for diversifying revenue streams and communicating value. Find out more about our approach here.
21 Artists brings together a dynamic team of expertise specialising in social impact , research, arts interventions, community consultations and evaluation to create bespoke support for all our clients and collaborators. The team has in-depth knowledge of the arts sector which is particularly beneficial for arts organisations and for those organisations outside of the arts, we offer creative approaches to tackling the documentation and evaluation of social impact and issues that is unique from many other consultancies.
21 Artists uses a bespoke process to working with artists, arts organisations, charities and government agencies designing theories of change when necessary and combining qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques, training and organisational support. We use a rich understanding of creative economies and arts sectors internationally to devise evaluations that document and capture the magic, contributing to discourse around pressing social, creative and political issues. Creative approaches to gathering, analysing and presenting findings are utilised whenever possible.
We work primarily with arts organisations and artists in the UK who are interested in taking their understanding of social impact to the next level. We work closely with teams in these organisations to embed evaluation into the way they operate to create an integrated approach to understanding impact. In addition to arts organisations, we also work with: