Within the Culture Collective network, we talk a lot about what ‘success’ and ‘failure’ really mean. How might we truthfully acknowledge (and celebrate!) the often messy, complicated process of working in and with communities? To help guide these conversations, some of the projects have explored the FailSpace workshop tools. These tools are designed to support an exploration of how the culture sector can better recognise, acknowledge, and learn from failure.

Our thanks to FailSpace for permission to share these tools here.

We all know that despite the headlines about exciting projects and policies to address inequalities in the arts, the sector remains doggedly unequal. So we want to explore the benefits in acknowledging this more openly as a policy failure in order to find better solutions to this and other problems in the sector.
— Leila Jancovich and David Stevenson, FailSpace project leads