Toolkit, photography by Simon Ramshaw
Toolkit, photography by Simon Ramshaw


Staffordshire University commissioned us to create a unique publication for people who use arts and creativity as a means of engaging with their community.

This project was supported by the EU Leonardo Da Vinci fund and involved artists from Poland, Spain and the UK who undertook residencies in countries and contexts different from their own. The residencies focused on civic engagement activities such as residents in care homes engaging more in their community, urban communities and local businesses campaigning for communal green spaces and people working together on housing estates.

"We worked with Blue and White Creative and Gemma Ince to produce a residency toolkit for a EU funded arts project. They professionally engaged all partners and created an innovative and highly acclaimed toolkit. Their attention to detail as well as their willingness to experiment and engage partners and users is exemplary. We work in the field of community development and not only were Blue and White sympathetic to our needs, they were also able to liaise and engage with the communities which we work with."

Janet Hetherington, Senior Lecturer, Staffordshire University

We produced a hard-copy 'Toolkit’ to help creative practitioners gain insight, tips and general information on civic engagement and the arts. The Toolkit was made with hard-wearing municipal materials such as cardboard, elastic bands and metal clips enabling it to be taken apart and reassembled quickly.  It contained a series of bound worksheets set into three themed books, all of which were designed to photo-copy easily.

As a measure of its success, the ’Toolkit’ has already been translated into Spanish, Polish and English.

Client: Staffordshire University · Photography: Simon Ramshaw · Design: Blue & White Creative & Gemma Ince · Funder: European Union