People United’s Kind Places & Spaces project considered the positive impact that creative art and design can have in community spaces, exploring how creative interventions can spread positive messages, bring people together and encourage communities to think or behave in a pro-social way.

In Summer 2020 we published an open call for ideas, artworks and interventions that might positively influence people’s behaviour in shared spaces. Six micro commissions were awarded to a group of talented artists who have kickstarted our exploration into positive place-based interventions.

Blue Skies, Jetpacks and Hope, by Bernadette Russell

Bernadette Russell’s Blue Skies, Jetpacks and Hope features playful, homemade billboards that invite people to consider their hopes for the future and take the first steps towards a brighter tomorrow.

Social Space, by Amanda Moore

Social Space by Amanda Moore is a toolkit for ‘do it yourself’ temporary street markings that play with the choreography of people’s movement, promoting conversation and physical engagement with public spaces while supporting social distancing.

The Stage Is Yours: Kindness Seating Installation, by Ella Heather Moore

Ella Heather Moore created a soaring architectural seating structure for urban public spaces, inspiring people to gather, interact and converse.

The Shop of Kindness, by Rob Young

The Shop of Kindness by Rob Young was a proposal for transforming an empty retail space into a welcoming, accessible Shop of Kindness where voluntary acts of generosity are traded and donated as if they were goods.

Kindness Dispenser, by Jemma Channing

Jemma Channing’s Kindness Dispenser is a unique ticket machine which dispenses free tokens printed with altruistic tasks and acts of kindness for the recipient to complete.

Kindfulness Space, by Neelam and Adrian Saredia-Brayley

Kindfulness Space by Neelam & Adrian Saredia-Brayley is a proposition for a dedicated Kindfulness Space to be incorporated into spaces where the public gather to wait – such as airports, train stations and shopping centres. The proposal includes design layout, soundscapes, poetry, guided meditation and photography.

Each of the micro commissions was showcased online in summer 2020.  Amanda Moore’s Social Space toolkit went on to inspire a site-specific floor mural as part of Southampton Inside Out; an initiative designed to accommodate outdoor leisure throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

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