RSA South West Coffeehouse

Fellowship Event

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  • People & place
  • Communities
  • Community engagement
  • Social innovation

Inspired by the RSA’s origins in Rawthmell’s Coffeehouse over 250 years ago, our new Coffeehouse series offers Fellows across the South West the chance to meet online and share ideas for social change.

Join us once a month for an informal lunchtime talk by a guest presenter, followed by a Q&A and discussion in small breakout groups.

We start at 1pm and we’ll be finished by 1.50pm promptly. Spend your lunchbreak meeting Fellows from across the region and getting new inspiration!

In Feburary:

Friday 17 February – Laura Joy FRSA – 'Listen in at Roche Court' arts and education podcast

Come and hear Laura Joy, RSA Fellow and Head of Education, talk about 'Listen in at Roche Court' arts and education podcast.

Roche Court Educational Trust, with the support of RSA Catalyst seed funding, has been testing a new idea: to make a series of conversations between students from state schools, lifelong learners and artists exhibiting at the New Art Centre and Roche Court Sculpture Park.

The seed for this project was planted when a youth representative from The Arts Society Wessex highlighted that young people were keen to speak to and learn from contemporary artists. Such discovery aligned perfectly with the Educational Trust’s aim of encouraging children, young people and lifelong learners to look, think and speak about art.

‘Listen in at Roche Court’ podcast, further enabled by the RSA Catalyst scaling award, is engaging with more state schools, who also participate in a free research workshop with our specialist educators to develop their confidence and oracy skills to express opinions of the artist’s work.

Conversing with an artist offers a direct opportunity to explore art careers outside of the national curriculum as this place-based learning approach offers a unique and immersive experience, giving young people’s voices an influential legacy beyond the classroom setting.

You can access all available episodes of ‘Listen in at Roche Court’ here (Buzzsprout) or here (Spotify). Series one of the podcast featured on the RSA website here.

Our next South West Coffeehouse session will be taking place on Friday 24 March. More details coming soon!

Previous events in this series included:

  • Friday 20 January: Neil Beagrie FRSA & Robin Tatam FRSA –  Meet your Fellowship Councillors
  • Friday 9 December: Sam Everard FRSA – The SAMEE Project
  • Friday 18 November: Mark Wallace FRSA – A Voice To Tell Our Story

Taking part in Online Events 

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Upcoming South West England Fellowship events

  • Introduction to systems thinking

    Fellowship Event


    Can we think of a way to unlock the potential in people and places? This workshop will offer an overview of systems thinking and complexity sciences and how they might help us understand the changes happening in the world.

  • In conversation with Sarah Queblatin

    Fellowship Event

    Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking, Stroud GL6 7QW

    Come and meet Sarah Queblatin as she reflects on the role of creativity and artistic practice to help document the losses and damages caused by climate change.