About Democracy Street
‘Democracy Street’ is a national collaborative arts project commissioned by the Houses of Parliament Speaker’s Art Fund and Arts Council England. Use the mobile app to help develop an Interactive Map that highlights the importance democracy plays in our lives.
This project is truly interactive. People can upload photos and go on journeys of discovery that will be validated by the award of Digital Badges representative of different stages of engagement and learning.
The content of the interactive map will then form the basis of further artwork to be generated by the artist Jon Adams – and displayed in a series of exhibitions across the UK running from November 2015.
The final artwork will highlight the contributions everyone has made, as well as the engagement undertaken in developing a deeper understanding of the importance democracy plays in our political history, as well as in our freedom to decide who governs our country.
About Jon Adams
Jon is an established artist, research fellow, and Associate Artist at the New Theatre Royal. He works across platforms both digitally and Analogue using sound, drawing, written word, photographic manipulation, installation and 'art in public'. His work references both his Asperger's and dyslexia weaving in fragments of autobiography, science and hidden metaphor. The result is a unique visual perspective of recording and systemizing history, time and place. He has an innate ability to systemize and find pattern in all that is about him visually, aurally and in metaphor.
Some of Jon's Work
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The People Who Made It Happen
The Speaker's Art Fund is a charitable trust.
The objective of the fund is the advancement of the education of the public in its knowledge and understanding of the system of government, and of the constitutional and political history of the United Kingdom, with particular reference to the historical and continuing role of parliament, through the collection and displays of works of art and other related activities.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.
We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.
Si digital is a digital agency that has spent the last 14 years designing and building engaging websites and digital experiences for a wide range of organisations.
They pride themselves on being able to think up and implement ingenious solutions to the digital challenges faced by organisations looking to connect with the modern audience.
Si digital create digital chemistry.
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. We promote the
values of an open Internet to the broader world.
Mozilla is best known for the Firefox browser, but we advance our mission through other software projects, grants and engagement and education efforts such as Open Badges - http://openbadges.org/about/ - and Mozilla Webmaker - https://webmaker.org/en-US
Find out more about Mozilla at: www.mozilla.org/en-US/foundation/
The National Portrait Gallery, London, is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world and celebrates the lives and achievements of those who have influenced British history, culture and identity.
With nearly 2,000 portraits on display, and over 113,000 available to view online, the Gallery’s Collection spans over 500 years from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Sitters range from William Shakespeare through to Amy Winehouse and the Collection includes work across all media by artists from Holbein to Hockney.
The History of Parliament is a research project creating a comprehensive account of parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from
their origins in the thirteenth century.
Regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history, it consists of detailed studies of elections and electoral politics in each constituency, and of closely researched accounts of the lives of everyone who was elected to Parliament up until 1832.
The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales. As the guardians of some of the nation's most iconic documents the repositories at Kew are filled with priceless treasures that tell our nation's story. These records date back over 1,000 years, charting the development of our constitutional government, including the definitive version of Magna Carta in 1225 and the publication of up-to-date laws on legislation.gov.uk
Local Trust’s mission is to enable people to make their communities better places to live. We do this by helping them develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future.
We provide a mix of funding and finance to support people to make sustainable change, maximise impact and make the best use of scarce resources.
DigitalMe’s mission is to re-imagine learning for the 21st Century and equip young people with the skills and competencies they need to thrive in work and life.
They work with schools, colleges, informal groups, charities and corporate partners to create unique real-world learning opportunities for young people that raise their confidence and open up opportunities for creative learning and employment.
DigitalMe have pioneered the use of Mozilla Open Badges in the UK as an innovative new way to recognise this learning and create a new digital skills currency for young people helping them unlock pathways into work and training.
Makewaves is a pioneering creator of social learning platforms for education and Open Badge communities.
Since 2003, they have enabled young people to share what they make on the web, and empowered teachers to raise attainment by capturing and sharing good practice.
Makewaves have been part of the growth of digital badges from a powerful concept into a learning phenomenon, as young people using their platforms have engaged and helped to shape the development of online accreditation.
Developed from an idea by Caterina Loriggio Curation and Artistic Direction Jon Adams Development Management & Production Joseph Cavalla Research & Data Integration Amanda Coffey
There are thousands of streets all across the UK named after people and events of significance in the history of Parliament.
Use this app to discover the streets that relate to our democratic history. Each street you discover then adds a new element that contributes to the creation of new and original artwork.
Maybe you live on Winston Churchill Avenue and want to know more about who Sir Winston Churchill was and what impact he had upon the UK?
You can find out lots of extra information about the important people and events our streets are named after – both within the app and from our contributing partners.
In addition to discovering streets on the interactive map, you can upload photos of the locations to help Jon Adams create his final artworks.
These will then be exhibited throughout the UK in celebration of our democratic history and the role Parliament plays in all our lives.
Using the Mobile App
Go to the Democracy Street website via your smart phone, tablet or mobile device browser.
Here you can discover more streets, upload photos, share experiences via social media - and earn badges that reflect your exploration and research of the streets in the UK, as well as the famous and influential people they are named after.