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Nice things people have said
- "Urban Foundry delivered a series of workshops for our Community Regeneration Team at Pobl, focusing on theory of change, evaluation, urban regeneration and pop-up urbanism, and green infrastructure. They were really great sessions that provoked deeper thinking, reflection and generated conversation. The ideas discussed were backed by modern examples which really helped to capture our team’s imaginations and energy to push into new thinking spaces for community regeneration."Becky Cole, Pobl Group
- "I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the B Corp Q&A you recorded with me. We have had some excellent feedback from our students, with many inspired to research Urban Foundry and B Corporations as a result of your video. Thank you again for working with Nottingham College and for the support you have provided."Madeleine Penkett, Work Placement Officer, Nottingham College
- "The Marina Markets have had a significant impact on the number of Sunday visitors to the National Waterfront Museum. The bustling, friendly and 'green' spirit of each event fits exactly with the museum's ethos and approach to customer care. As a result we often programme our own events around the market's calendar - to mutually beneficial results."Steph Mastoris, Head of National Waterfront Museum
- "Thanks very much for all the help and advice you've given us - I've been involved in lots of M&E in the past and none of it has been done as thoroughly and professionally as you have managed over the course of this contract."Phillip Jayne, 'Come Outside!' Project Manager for Natural Resources Wales
- "When Jo Cox died, I initially questioned my capacity to ‘do’ anything in response. The increasing division, nastiness of rhetoric, and ‘them and us’ discursion on social media of 2016 felt like a negative, and paralysing development. As a West End Theatre Director, I wanted to make a statement of opposition to such developments. But it felt like a difficult mountain to climb. The idea I came up with, to stage Jo’s favourite musical in the heart of her home constituency Batley & Spen, using 120 young people from across the diverse communities of West Yorkshire, seemed at once perfect and overly-ambitious. We had 8 months to set up a charity, raise a six figure sum, build links within the community and build a pop-up theatre in a disused industrial space. I trusted myself artistically to deliver, but felt lost in the wider sense of building a new organisation. The key decision I made was in seeking a partnership with Urban Foundry, and in encouraging Dr Ben Reynolds to become a trustee of our fledgling organisation, cementing the links between our organisation and the work Ben had done to increase activity and a sense of community in Wales. Ben was a key actor in ensuring the company was built within the parameters of good governance and best practice, but more importantly always asked what I call the ‘impact’ question. At almost weekly meetings, the focus would switch according to the ever-shifting priorities – largely because we were trying to deliver a 2 year project in a third of the time to meet the anniversary of Jo’s death. We might suddenly be faced with deadlines for applications, and find our producer seeking help in moving forward. The next week, the overall accountancy structures of the new organisation needed cementing. The following meeting needed close focus on reaching elements of the community that might not normally access ‘the arts’. Various board members would provide solution. Dr. Reynolds was an expert at listening, asking the question ‘what is the impact’, and advising how such ideas could refine into something coherent. When the project was a success, when we received national media attention, and when 120 young people from some of the poorest communities in West Yorkshire stood together in a disused warehouse singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ – I had a palpable sense that the good practice and values of Urban Foundry had formed a foundation on which to build that dream. And one more thank you is due. Theatre inevitably happens ‘in the moment’. Of all our trustees, Ben Reynolds has challenged us to think about sustainability. That this summer, despite the impact on the arts by a global pandemic, the Batley & Spen Youth Theatre staged its fourth major project is in part down to Ben’s willingness to stay involved for the long term, and to always raise questions of development and sustainability. To ask the question, ‘What’s Next…?’"Nick Evans, Artistic Director
- "Oriel Science's pop-up exhibition gallery was constructed in 6 days in a commercial premises in Swansea’s city centre. Swansea University employed Urban Foundry to be our venue’s site manager and you superbly oversaw this complex and time-critical project. We launched on time with everything in place and the visitor numbers to the gallery are a testimony to the project’s success, which relied heavily on your experience, knowledge and organisational skills."Professor Chris Allton, Swansea University
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- A little bit more of our work with @NatResWales and @SwanseaCouncil - More Greenery is Needed. #regeneration… https://t.co/zlUKz1z4ee
- It was always about more than food. Read 8 nice facts about our Uplands Market project: https://t.co/09EUvTjiaR https://t.co/7KJNq45Q2z