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

Thinking about Time


Nicole and I have been collecting responses to a series of questions linked to our Ten themes via physical postcards and online questionnaires.

As well as developing our own responses to the themes and our research, we are creating 10 joint pieces (you can see sketches for our piece about confidence here).

This week, I've been coming up with some text inspired by the theme of TIME and the answers to our questions. Below is my first attempt. It looks like a poem, but isn't really meant to be - I'm thinking about it more as an ordered collection of statements/thoughts. I'm looking forward to seeing what Nicole does with it!

A Conversation about Decision Making


On March the 8th 2016 both Sarah and Nicole visited the Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD) project. They met with Helen Ball, engagement director, and a group of five Cultural Connectors who have all been directly involved in the decision making processes choosing artists to lead CBD commissions. Following their visit Sarah Butler and Nicole Mollett reflected and exchanged thoughts on the project, focusing on the theme ‘Decision Making’.

The drawing, by Nicole Mollett is titled 'The people come first' and is of the Dagenham Idol.

The People Come First