Imagining Community

Dalton Community Centre
Sunday 10th June : 1pm – 3pm
21 Nelson Street, Dalton, LA15 8AF

Imagining Community is a discussion about how creative thinkers and artists influence and help build our communities. We would love you to join the conversation.

The event starts with a short panel discussion chaired by Janice Benson from Dalton Creatives. Janice will talk to the panel about their experiences of how creativity helps communities and their hopes and dreams for future communities.

This will be followed by a Q&A session where you can join the conversation and ask questions of the panel.

To round the event off everyone is asked to join an open session and discuss their own ideas and experiences of Imagining Community.

This is the first of a series of regular events to come together and discuss how we can build a better community.

The event is part of the launch week for Hannah Directory

Hannah Directory is a yearly print publication, website and launch week of events celebrating the great stuff that people are doing in places in England’s north, and asking how even more of it can happen.


The Panel

Chaired by Dalton Creatives’ Janice Benson. She will be joined by:

Ali Rigg

Ali became involved in performance arts at 16 and it saved her life whilst becoming her vocation.

She now empowers her community using singing as her main vehicle.

She is currently running Headstrong in Song for us, a singing group for people with neurological conditions.

Ali Rigg Website


Mat Butler

Joining Ali will be Mat from Space2Create A Kendal based charity

Space2Create was started in 2012 after a Kendal based mental health charity, Workbase, closed due to financial cuts. Some of the volunteers, staff and trustees felt that a large number of people would be left isolated because of this and so formed Space2Create based around creative activity.

Many of the people involved in running S2C have themselves recovered from or are recovering from serious mental or physical health problems. They have backgrounds in the arts, education and training, mental health and social services.

One thing that we all have in common is a passion for being creative and an awareness of how creative activity has helped them and others, to recover, grow and move forward in their lives.

Space2Create is growing all the time, with a strong belief in participant involvement.

Space2Create Website


John Hall

John Hall is a professional artist. He has worked in Furness for over 20 years in visual arts, sound, theatre, spoken word and video, and devises arts projects for communities with BIFOCALS and places artists in schools and other community contexts with ARTSPACE.

John’s current projects include Daltonia! for Dalton Litfest, the SJB3 project based around the Sir John Barrow Cottage in Ulverston and the Around The Bandstand Heritage project exploring personal histories of Barrow Park.

John also jointly manages Ulverston Scrap Store Plus, which supplies fabrics and recyclables to individuals and community groups in Furness.

Around The Bandstand :: Green Room :: Sir John Barrow’s Cottage :: Ulverston Scrap Store Plus


Dr Arabella Onslow