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Though motiroti is unable to continue beyond March 2014, we have been concerned to secure the charity's archive for posterity so that people can be inspired for the future by its artistic achieveme

motiroti’s Board of Trustees regrets to announce that the company will be closing its doors at the end of March 2014.

motiroti was incorporated as a charity in 1996, following years of project-based collaborations led by Keith Khan, Ali Zaidi and their collaborators. We are proud that, since its formation, the company’s programme has reached millions of people in the UK and beyond, from regular arts-goers to - in particular - those from diverse cultural communities who might have no previous experience of engaging with artistic and cultural projects.

We are proud and privileged to be associated with motiroti’s history and track record, which on repeated occasions has achieved critical acclaim - through theatre, live art, installations, in public space, galleries, online and in other disciplines. The contribution the company made to progress around ‘cultural diversity’ in the arts, and through its pioneering approach to public participation in arts projects, leave an enduring and valuable legacy. We hope that the memory of the company will continue to be an inspiration to others to make work that enriches our shared culture, and which pushes the boundaries of the roles the arts can play in positive social transformation.

The closure of motiroti is a result of the extremely difficult situation for sustaining the work of smaller UK based arts organisations in recent years. There have been significant reductions in levels of available statutory funding, and increased competition for these funds. motiroti’s Board and staff have worked together to try and establish an alternative model, and to secure new financing, which might enable the company’s programme to continue. All options to keep the charity solvent have been considered, and we have also actively sought professional advice concerning Trustees’ responsibilities in the event of a decision to cease trading.

At the same time, as far as we have been able, we have continued to deliver a public arts programme - recent examples being our Streets of Gold exhibition at the Museum of London, our Potluck residency in Chicago, and Multiwalks, our pan-European artistic walking tours.

We remain committed to supporting the interests of the communities that motiroti has reached during its lifetime. As individuals, we will continue to seek new opportunities in the contemporary landscape that extend motiroti’s legacy. Challenges to established models of culture sector financing and multiculturalism require new and radical thinking about how motiroti’s consistent aspirations - of using culture to contribute positive social change, of celebrating and empowering communities, of fighting discrimination and injustice - can endure in new ways. Despite the challenges, ways forward can and must be found for artists and communities to become empowered through creativity.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the artists, staff, Trustees past and present, patrons, funders, partners, collaborators, communities and others who have played a part in motiroti’s journey. Thanks to everyone who has funded, commissioned, enthused about motiroti and its work, and to our audiences, communities and to the public for their support over the years.

Our MultiWalks App launches today on iOS / iPhone, with the Android version coming soon.

Hack the Barbican logo

This Monday (12th August) at 6.30pm we're presenting Multiwalks at Hack the Barbican, an exciting 'building hack' of one of London's largest and most renowned cultural institutions. Barring any last minute bugs, we're days away from the launch of Multiwaljks and we'll be explaining the app's content, software and process as well as motiroti's ongoing interest in artistic city walking. It's free - join us!

Rita Ray is a curator, performer, Club DJ, broadcaster, presenter, and compiler, and to add to this impressive list, she is also now one of motiroti’s trustees. We’re delighted that Rita will be joining us as a key member of the motiroti team contributing to creative direction and company strategy, by bringing a wealth of new skills and expertise to the Board as we continue to create and collaborate with world city communities, partners and clients.

Gabriel Gbadamosi here tells us about Vauxhall and his encounters with the signs of violence from the Richardson gang and his understanding of the changing corruption within Vauxhall's economy from gangs to the corporations developing the area today.

Check out the new MultiWalks website and sign up to be the first to find out when the MultiWalks app is released!

Announcing the second of our series of MultiWalks tours... A journey through invisible Vauxhall with Gabriel Gbadamosi, whose brilliant debut novel, 'Vauxhall' has just been published to great acclaim.

We’re very excited to announce the first of our series of MultiWalks tours! First up, we’re in Lower Marsh with Ali Zaidi, revealing the remarkable social and culinary ingredients of the Waterloo Quarter!

We held an interactive walking tour workshop that was co-authored by the participants. Read about the range of stories and storytelling techniques used.

Rob Berkeley, Director of the Runnymede Trust and Phil Wood, author of the Intercultural City on cities, walking and social equality agendas at our Diverse City workshop.

Mapping beyond Google Maps with Adam Hoyle, Director and co-founder of Do Tank Studios.

The Walking City Bazaar was an exhibition and networking event with over 20 exhibitors showcasing different approaches to walking tours and journeys - both physical and metaphorical. Here Mariana Bogdanova takes us through the exhibits, insights and inspirations from the event.

From night walking and labyrinths to dérives and pyschogeography! Here you can read about and listen to a great range of speakers from a variety of research practices and disciplines.

Writer and Broadcaster and the London Perambulator, Nick Papadimitriou tells us about walking and journeys of the self.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our multipliCities launch week! We had over 150 participants, 20 exhibitors and 15 speakers and we’re now working hard on harvesting and sharing all the assets created during this week. These will be collated and made available online soon.

We've got a great range of speakers for our academic workshop with Cass Business School on Monday 22nd April. See here for the line up and schedule.

Listen to Rob Berkeley, Director of the Runnyemede Trust and Dr Jan Sellers, labyrinth specialist, speakers at our multipliCities launch evening and collaborators on our upcoming series of events and workshops.

This April we're very excited to be working with Cass Business School to bring together leading academics, software developers, artists and urban explorers in a series of multipiCities events and workshops at Cass Business School. Click above for a summary of April’s schedule and for links to full details and booking information. All events are free of charge - we hope to see you there!

We've had some great #spacetoplace entries from arts and place-making project, 21 Artists. As more and more spaces across the London are privatized and fenced off, vacant or neglected, we’re very excited to see projects like this getting people involved in transforming spaces into places for creativity. Click above for more info and pics.

Our Space to Place Instagram competition is now open and we'll be sharing our favourite entries and talking to some of the placemaking organisation inspiring us. The London Mural Preservation Society are one of these with their commitment to preserving the once blank spaces transformed into canvases for storytelling by local artists and communities...

The first of our #mymultiplicity instagram comptitions is now open, and to help get us started we'll be sharing our favourite entries and talking to some of the placemaking organisation inspiring us. First up is a great entry from The Brick Box, a South London arts organisation and Community Interest Company committed to creating spaces where art, love and magic can flourish!

We are launching a series of playful instagram competitions designed for those with a keen eye for the subtle stories of how cities are changing. This month's theme is Space to Place! Show us the things and people changing the spaces in your city for the better! Read on for the competition details.

motiroti have been exploring the art of urban walking and mobile technology and we want to tell you all about it at the Digital Shoreditch Festival! Please help us by showing your support here. We need as many thumbs up as possible so that we can share all the outcomes, expertise and research that will be coming from our exciting collaboration with Cass Business School!

Its been a year since motiroti convened its last Potluck: Chicago workshop with the Critical Encounters program at Columbia College Chicago. Amy Mooney was the leader of the Critical Encounters program and we’d like to share her reflections of the project one year on....

2/01/13

We’re very pleased to be starting the new year with our new trustees, Emma Quinn and Almir Koldzic....

(c) British Council Voices of the People Report front cover image

19/12/12

The British Council has convened a conversation coinciding with the launch of its new report, 'Voices of the People' which explores the role of arts and culture in relation to the seismic social changes of the so-called 'Arab Spring'.

Last week's launch of the report at London's Royal Festival Hall was an opportunity to learn about many points, including a timely reminder of the realities of the region that - amid the media storm and convulsions of regime change - remain in place; including the Israel-Palestine conflict, the huge social inequalities and extremes of poverty.

TEDxEastEnd 2012 foyer space image

We were in East London last weekend at #TEDxEastEnd, exploring 'Society Beyond Borders'. With migrants increasingly under attack, through legislation and direct violence, in Europe and beyond since the global financial crisis began, we were heartened to feel a lot of youthful energy, positivity and steely determination at Stratford Circus, the venue where TEDx East End was convened. We were also struck by the presence of the cross-sectoral connections necessary for the social innovations needed in this space - academics, educators, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, public sector workers all in a very distinctive mix.

Skills map wordle of Potluck Chicago artists

motiroti is a small part of ArtWorks, an initiative funded by the Paul Hamyln Foundation. Artworks aims to step change the quality of, and regard for, participatory arts activity across the UK. These are our reflections on a 2 day meetup of the UK-wide 'Pathfinder' parnerships, talking particularly about participant-centred approaches, connections across disciplines and new ways to sustain participatory practice in a tough econonomic climate.

Last week we were invited to attend a day of conversation around the future of Europe-wide collaborations to support digital arts projects.

motiroti, Oslo Museum and Centro Interculturale Mondinsieme have been working together in London to discuss and develop multipliCities.

As well as detailing the exciting projects we have on offer and in development at the moment, we now have pages dedicated to our services for particular groups and organisations.

Picture of motiroti Executive Director Tim Jones looking through a gateway in George Town Penang

We've just returned to the UK from a scoping visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town in Penang, Malaysia.

motiroti has enjoyed several years as a valued RFO (Regularly Funded Organisation) of the Arts Council of England.

Do you live in, or are you visiting London, Oslo or Reggio Emilia?

As part of motiroti’s next chapter we aim to create value by connecting world city communities through arts and culture.

As part of motiroti's change process we are saying goodbye to our physical offices at White Horse Yard in Islington, London, UK - and moving operations online.

If you're a Londoner, we invite you to make a small contribution to Streets of Gold, our project running this spring at the Museum of London.

Streets of Gold has been developed by motiroti under the creative direction of Daniel Saul.

In collaboration with Potluck: Chicago, we have a new co-created artwork within a major touring exhibition developed by Chicago's Smart Museum.

motiroti is the 2011/12 resident company for the Critical Encounters programme at Columbia College Chicago.