What makes a creative space? How can it be imagined and then realised? And once it is, how can it be reimagined and remade? Continual reimagining and remaking seem essential for a space to be genuinely creative and for that creativity to be sustainable. The dynamic, energising and regenerative processes that might enable sustained creativity seem, in turn, to depend on collaboration and dialogue; a collaborative dialogue dependent, in turn, on a dialectic of conflict and co-operation.
No preconceived ideas. No fixed plans. Openness to challenge. Responsiveness. Taking responsibility. Sharing responsibility. Investing the time to build up and maintain relationships. Investing in the process without obsessing over the outcome.
Challenging the assumption that you are either a professional or an amateur – and that the two should not work together. Rejecting any idea that one is either a cultural producer or a cultural consumer rather than always both. Likewise recognising that a teacher is a learner and a learner can teach. And that creativity is part of everyday life and everyday life is creative.
Not making more spaces, but having access to the spaces that are there, and freely sharing that access.
A building with no doors. (This may or may not be a metaphor.) Windows that are also mirrors, looking outwards and reflecting back. Windows that are open, inviting scrutiny from the outside as well as observation from the inside.
Replacing full stops with question marks.