More Than a Hundred Stories

We are two artists, interested in how art can animate, challenge and create communities. We’ve been commissioned by Creative People and Places to creatively map and respond to its achievements, the problems it faces, and the questions it has generated.

We are interested in the programme’s ambition to change how art is commissioned and experienced and will be exploring how and to what extent this ambition has been realised across all 21 projects.

We will be posting creative responses to conversations, observations and research throughout the project and will share our final work with you in autumn 2016. Do join us and follow our creative journey on this blog.

You can find out more about our work at: and

Sarah Butler and Nicole Mollett

Lego and stars: thinking about what matters – A visit to Ideas Test


On 8th Feb, Ideas Test kindly invited me to join their reflection day in their new offices at Number 34 Sittingbourne High Street – a creative space with a welcoming public shop front and upstairs office and workshop space.

Led by Tom Andrews from People United, the day brought the whole Ideas Test team together to reflect on the programme so far; to talk about what has worked and what hasn’t; to think about the ‘intangibles’ as Tom put it – about what got people ‘right here’ – putting his hand to his chest as he spoke.

Lego model

An Impossible Glossary


a list of practical, problematic terms – used within the Creative People and Places programme – and their contradictory, shifting, uncertain meanings

Cycling the ‘Northern Belt’ | Monday 14th September: Heart Of Glass, St Helens


My first CPP visit. As soon as I reach the centre of St Helen’s I recognise it from a video on Heart Of Glass’s website about their bugle call commissions. Always strange to have visited a place online before you’ve been there in person, it feels like creating a false memory.

I sit with a cup of tea and aching legs and listen to Kat and Laura talk me through the programme. Struck at once by how vast each CPP project is in its scope, my mind starts fretting at the very idea of trying to represent the stories of the whole programme. But more than that, I am inspired, excited, caught up with the ambition and the scale of what people are setting out to achieve.

Sarah Butler in St Helens



Take this one, terrifying word
This be all, end all, wake you in the middle of the night word.
Look at it.
Its history is packed with battles and attacks
But once it meant shield
Once it offered shelter.