Practical Approaches on Participatory Arts Workshop

7 September, 10AM-6PM | MacPherson CC

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Are you a socially-engaged artist and or arts administrator? Are you passionate about involving communities in your work? Join us for the Practical Approaches on Participatory Arts Workshop where you will learn practical skills when working with diverse communities, enhanced implementation of community-centric arts projects, and creative engagement techniques.

What inspiration do artists take from neighbourhoods? What kind of conversations should we foster to bring joy and delight to residents of MacPherson, and how can we creatively tackle neighbourhood issues through arts? How can residents be more involved in making their neighbourhoods better? Arts@MacPherson explores these questions and more by bringing in artists to work alongside the community to build art interventions in unexpected public spaces which are hidden gems around MacPherson.

Workshop fee is covered on behalf of National Arts Council.

The workshop will be conducted in English. 

Workshop overview



1. Get to know the different concepts surrounding community participation

2. The 'What & Why' of Participatory Arts through case studies  

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3. Field Observations / Neighbourhood Mapping

  • Explore the neighbourhood by foot and map out the information, knowledge and perspective on the neighbourhood and its users

4. Interviews with Man-on-Street and Community Experts

  • Draw out personal stories and experiences in intimate and casual setting to uncover deep-seated needs, aspirations and perspectives in the neighborhood. 

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5. How Might We....?

  • Turning challenges into opportunities through artistic engagements

6. Ideation

  • Harness the collective power of brainstorming and develop potential ideas to benefit the community/neighbourhood


Feedback from Past Participants


MacPherson Community Club
3 November 2018, Saturday


“The one thing I found most enjoyable about the workshop was the brainstorming of ideas. Understanding that the work we will be creating was to be situated in MacPherson and then thinking about real stories, memories or issues that would resonate well with the residents in the neighbourhood was exciting for me!”

Getting out of the classroom and putting into practice the skills we’ve learnt in engaging people was very meaningful. Interviewing and speaking to residents or shop owners about their livelihood and estate is something which I have never done before so it was fun.”

“I did not know that there were so many different platforms and ways to engage a community. After attending this workshop, I now strongly believe that projects should stem from a collective effort that goes beyond just stakeholders and artists, but together with the community as well.”

About the facilitator

Participate in Design (P!D) is a registered non-profit organisation that helps neighbourhoods and public institutions in Singapore design community-owned spaces and solutions. P!D is dedicated to engaging and enabling people in shaping their everyday environments and local communities. Founded on the firm belief that everyone has the right to participate in and influence the design and planning processes that affect them, P!D provides services in designing and facilitating the public participation and engagement process concerning the built environment. P!D researches, tests and develops socially just and inclusive methods of design that are appropriate for our local neighbourhoods, while also promoting the integration of participatory design in design education and practice.

P!D was founded in 2012 to expand on the participatory design work that its founders, Jan Lim and Mizah Rahman, have been doing since 2010. P!D has partnered with grassroots organisations, educational institutions and statutory boards in various initiatives to build engaged and empowered communities.

Read more about their approach here.
Find out more about their community-driven projects here.  

Sign up!

Please complete and submit the following application form. (All information supplied on this form will be kept confidential). Closing date for applications is Friday, 23 August.

As there is limited space, please note that applicants may or may not be selected to participate in this workshop. Applicants will receive confirmation of their participation by Monday, 2 September, 6pm.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please fill in all fields. Indicate “NA” if the field is not applicable.

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MacPherson Community Club

400 Paya Lebar Way, Singapore 379131