Arts for Social Change


Main Image Credit: Saoirse


& Open Studio Sharing

Image Credit: Alex Boyd. Creative Lab, Siobhan Davies Studios 2019.

Intercultural Roots' Creative Labs provide a platform for sharing choreographic and performance making practices, critical inquiry and promoting debates. They invite artists to investigate their own practices looking at fundamental 'arts for health & social change' issues in creative ways.

Intercultural Roots Creative Lab (Autumn 2019)

Creative Labs provide space, time and resources through which to experience methodologies from contemporary theatre and embodied research that the Intercultural Roots community is connected including the IFTR Embodied Research Working Group (International Federation for Theatre Research) and the Cross Pollination group.

Intercultural Roots Creative Lab (Spring 2020)

IR’s motivations enable dialogue between arts for health and arts for social change while providing a creative hub for artistic development and, in the words of practitioners, provided :

“a home”

“a performative healing space”

“a non-judgemental place to cultivate our inner voice and be in tune with inner values


The Creative Labs have, to date, been facilitated by Dr. Andrea Maciel and Dr. Alex Boyd, who are core members of Cross Pollination and members of the Embodied Research Working Group (ERWG) of which Dr Alex Boyd is the Conceiver and a Cofounder.  Creative Labs are open to application from anyone who is creatively curious and open-minded while directed at those with some experience of a practice whether it is based on movement, dance, instruments, singing or spoken, material, object, circus, visual, mind-body-spirit and contemplative practices etc.

Creative Lab Co-Facilitator: Andrea Maciel
Image Credit: Andrea Maciel


The artists selected will receive:

1- Supportive performance devised practices
2- Open space for rehearsals during the Lab
3- Performance Sharing
4- Reflection and discussion about the work  
5- Workshops supporting the Health & WELLth of embodied practice

Generally speaking, participants selected must be committed to attend all Lab dates scheduled including Studio Sharing presentations.

Image Credit:Saoirse. Creative Lab, Autumn 2019


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Artists, movers, practitioners and community leaders from all ages and different backgrounds that have already their own creative practice or solo work compositions and are interested in investigating issues related to arts for health and social change are welcome to apply.


Between the end of the Creative Labs and the open Studio Sharing it is expected that artists will develop their performances further taking on board the collaborations, discussions and insights offered during the Lab sessions.    

All participants will have the option to attend the Health & WELLth Workshops.


Externally evaluated feedback describes Intercultural Roots' as a “non-empty space”, “a space that allows things to happen” where practitioners can exercise authorship and co-authorship in a ‘hollow’ and ‘gifting’ dynamic of “becoming together”. IR promotes a collective body, manifesting a co-operative consciousness that is non-neutral, where the collective ascertains its core ethical principles while supporting the agency of the empowered individual within the political environment in an organically consultative way. From one perspective IR’s Practitioner Labs and Creative Labs contribute to create a non-linear microcosm in which horizontal principles of becoming together are bringing new values to our existence, and, from another perspective, mirrors the dynamic of the macro that is currently facing an important stage of geo-political expansion and growth.

Please contact us if you would like to join our next Creative Labs.