Winners of the King’s Cultural Challenge 2017/18 announced

It’s that time of year again, where King’s College London announces the winners of the Cultural Challenge – yay! 

Every year King’s students from across the university’s Faculties submit a proposal in answer to a challenge facing the cultural sector, creating a student-led conversation about the future of some of the UK’s most prestigious and innovative arts and cultural organisations.

This year, the participants were asked to respond to:

Art Changes Everything: How can Arts and Cultural organisations or programmes transform lives and influence the world over the next decade? Design an innovative cultural project or programme that addresses this question.

The six winners of the Cultural Challenge successfully pitched their proposals to a panel of judges from the Challenge partners (Breathe Arts and Health Research, Roundhouse, Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, the V&A and us!) including our very own director, Daniel Glaser. The winners have each won a paid internship at one of the Challenge partners and now have the opportunity to develop their ideas and presentation skills with expert guidance from cultural producers, and we’re very excited to be welcoming one of them to Science Gallery London.

And now, to reveal the lucky recipients of these exclusive-to-King’s internships; drum roll, please!

Hannah Wigfield - Take 2 Cinema       

A project where homeless people take weekly trips to the cinema, allowing them to network, be creative and find information about services available to them.

Daisy Stopher - Crafting Generations

A project bringing together older generations with university students to share their skills, and learn about the skill of various crafts from ancient times through to the modern day.

George Ackerley - 98 Questions (for the Modern Kid)

A project to develop a book for primary school children based on the idea of them visiting a marketplace where they would learn about other cultures through the items they might buy or play with and find out where things in their lives come from. For example, did you know the hula hoop is used during storytelling in Native American culture? The marketplace would then be recreated in real life for the children to interact with and learn even more.   

Angela Chan - The Cli-fi Coalition

A three-tiered project where cultural institutions work with artists to develop climate change-themed work, such as exhibitions, and research that is available to share with the public.

Pauline Meyer  - Foreshadowing

A project where staff members from cultural institutions are sent to shadow the lives of people who the organisation want to connect with, in order to develop a better understanding of that particular group’s needs.

Daniel Hardman - ARTiculate: A Nation in Conversation

A national project where cultural institutions, schools, and art groups create a piece of art to respond to a theme. This piece of art is then sent onto another organisation somewhere else in the country who then creates a response piece. The chain continues to build, until a number of pieces are created, which can then be showcased as part of an exhibition.

Congratulations to all the winners, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can learn from our newest addition (whoever that may be) when they join the team.

The winners are pictured with Katherine Bond, Director of the Cultural Institute at King's College London, and King's Cultural Fellow and host of the evening, Rob Greig. All images are copyright of David Tett.