Born and raised in South West London to first generation Ghanian immigrants, Will very quickly learned to question the issues raised by the diasporic experience. His work as a Podcaster, Creative Producer - BE IT Rising Arts Agency and Trustee of Arnolfini explores how we can pull new communities into conversations around creative tech and it’s use in the culture sector.
At 11 I found myself at an incredibly prestigious boarding school. I spent the next 7 years bouncing between two very stark realities. Poverty on one hand and the prestige of the British upper (middle) class on the other. This experience left me very firmly on the peripheries of both social groupings, a space I suppose I’m used to now. My work bares at least an undertone of this push for progress in social consciousness.
As a New Talent Fellow on the Digital Placemaking Pathfinder my role on this project is peculiar in that it is foremost an opportunity for my contribution to feed into how we can pull new communities into the conversation around creative tech and it’s use in the culture sector. But also to develop my practice and find my voice in a sector that I am relatively new to. I’ve found the entire process not only challenging but really uplifting as I’ve been exploring how we can bring young POC more into the delivery of Bristol and Bath’s culture programmes. There are a lot of things taken for granted when doing engagement work, it’s a drawn out process and the ‘time’ element of this work isn’t often accounted for. I want to know how we can look at ‘new’ behaviours and open up our doors even wider to communities who don’t often interact with our cultural offer.
Articles by Will Taylor
28.10.21 Digital Placemaking
Reframing Digital Placemaking
Reframing Digital Placemaking - A conversation between the Fellows and Programme Director, Professor Jon Dovey, reflecting on the ideas and key themes to emerge from their work exploring the relationship between physical and digital places. Illustrations by Gary Embury