A few thoughts (or, what gets me thinking)
Working with voices that aren’t often heard or listened to - stories from the edge (homeless, newly-arrived but settled migrant communities, rough-sleepers) - finding ways to a) listen to these voices and b) share these voices to people who wouldn’t normally acknowledge their existence.
Creating artefacts - physical and digital cultural objects (books, images, poetry etc)
I am also reminded of an amazing man i met at the Edinburgh festival last year. He lives in Nederlands but runs a beautiful and inspiring “mobile global exhibition” of paintings about ‘hope’. He has 1000s of painting from artists around the world, all the same size. He takes the exhibition to a town/country and then asks artists there to add to the collection as well. I bet something like that would be of interest to artist communities in ECoC cities. He also publishes them as books from each area.
Alongside the exhibition he (astonishingly) tells the story of every painting he has been given - either of the artist, or of the inspiration.
I was looking after him at my venue last year and every day i had a wonderful conversation with him, looked at his paintings and felt better about the world.