What is Future Views?

Future Views is a forward-looking research project, aiming to imagine the next generation of cultural learning in 20 years’ time.

Royal Opera House BridgeArtswork and Festival Bridge worked together with three Cultural Education Partnerships across the South East.

They commissioned Bridget McKenzie and Susanne Buck of Flow Associates to run a series of discussions, both online and in real-world workshops. Flow used these insights along with their own desk research to develop the contents of this toolkit, which are intended to support exploration of big questions about making and consuming culture, learning, and working in the future.

This toolkit shares their findings and the workshop tools for any LCEPs to use for their own consultation and future planning.

The research consulted with young people and cultural leaders to explore:

What are the emerging technologies, organisational behaviours and critical trends in the world that might shape cultural learning in a local context?
If these changes are happening, how and where in their lives will CYP be making and consuming what kinds of art & culture?
In education and technology, how will these changes impact on CYP’s opportunities to access art & culture towards their learning?
If there are these changes in the wider world, what skills will young people need to access meaningful employment?

How to use the Toolkit

Where are we now

Examining the drivers for change in the future

Views of the Future

The evidence so far from young people about how they see the future

Routes to the Future

Find out how to contribute to our research and how to run your own Future Views workshop

The Process in Brief

The Future Views project was an ambitious process, with a fairly open brief. We did not stick rigidly to our initial plan, but adapted it in response to needs and feedback, and changed the pilot workshop after reviewing each trial.

We worked with design students from Central St Martins and Ravensbourne colleges for our early stage pilot workshops, then tried them out with groups from a secondary school in March, the Colchester Academy in Colchester, and the Gulbenkian Art31 group with Cultural Education Partnership members in Canterbury.

We held a number of interviews with partners at each of these Cultural Education Partnerships, asking them about their challenges and visions for the future, and then opened up the questioning process to a wide community of researchers, educators and cultural practitioners using blogs, social media and a rolling online questionnaire.

Throughout the project we were challenged by a number of complex questions about the future and the process, and we wanted to ensure we had accounted for a wide range of views. Some of these questions were explored in the wider online enquiry, shared on the Future Views Facebook group, the Future Views blog and summarised on this page.

Further resources

The Future Views blog contains a wide range of information and inspiration for those considering the future of cultural learning and how they might respond to it. Below are some highlights:

Thoughts on Technology

A series of provocations on how changing technology will challenge cultural organizations

Black Swans

An introduction into future scenario planning

Creativity and Self-led Learning

How education reforms are reducing self-led learning