Hayley Linthwaite, Lydia Collins, and Arte Artemiou: Imagine A Day Project

Collins and Artemiou navigate three different contexts of the Imagine A Day Project (IADP)

Lydia Collins, and Arte Artemiou navigate three different contexts of the Imagine A Day Project (IADP). The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) invited an International Changemaker inititaive from the University of Northampton (UoN), UK to support their youth programme in Pristina, Kosovo. Kosovo is one of the most frequently discussed ethnically divided conflicts of the last decade. Believing inter-ethnic group work is key to social innovation IADP brings together 24 multi-ethnic percipients for a train-the-trainer programme. Within Kosovo, IADP run an independent workshop in Dragaš with an all-male group of percipients from four different ethnicities. This is the first international reconciliation opportunity the community experiences post the end of the war in 1999. Returning to England, IADP explores the ‘tyranny of distance’ between personal feelings and professional behaviours in IADP workshops, looking at the impact of ‘tyranny’ and ‘distance’ in teacher-student relationships within three Northamptonshire schools.

Dr Hayley Linthwaite is a program designer, facilitator and coach with Performance Frontiers. She empowers individuals, organisations and communities through creative collaboration, social innovation and practical exploration to envision and enable a better future. Hayley has extensive experience in applied performance, behavioural and systemic change, strategic conflict analysis, and experiential learning.

Lydia Collins is undertaking an MPhil at the University of Northampton and is the UK Manager for the Imagine A Day Project. Lydia selects, trains, and leads IADP teams in various contexts, in the UK and abroad. Lydia also co-created and performed in IDEKtheatre’s #IDEK performance exploring pupils’ choices and futures.

Arte Artemiou is a PhD student and associate lecturer in Drama at the University of Northampton and an IADP workshop leader and researcher, co-delivering IADP workshops since 2014 in Brazil, Kosovo, and the UK. He is also the project coordinator for IADP for the UoN National Collaborative Outreach Programme, UK.

An Applied Theatre Practitioner with experience in international Drama Education, Community Theatre and Theatre for Development, Chris’ ongoing research interests centre around the documentation of Community Performance practice for the purposes of monitoring & evaluation, advocacy and training. Recent projects include facilitating participatory documentation of Community Circus, Dance, Theatre and Storytelling practice in Ethiopia, South Africa and Zambia, documenting large conferences around the world, as well as conducting Impact Assessment studies for organisations in the UK and USA. His other work includes Arts-based Curriculum Development consultancy, as well as authoring other Evaluative Research projects.