Participatory Arts

The development of community arts and media and new ways of doing and thinking about practice in participation are focuses for projects that weave together the critical and creative in communities of culture.
 

Leapfrog – trans­form­ing pub­lic sec­tor con­sul­ta­tion by design

Principal Investigator: Dr Leon Cruickshank, Lancaster University
From 2015 to 2017

The Leapfrog project will be a close col­lab­o­ra­tion with pub­lic sec­tor and com­mu­nity part­ners to design and eval­u­ate new creative approaches to consultation. Read more

Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to Disconnection, Division and Exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community

Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Greenfields
From 2014 to 2015

This collaborative project, led by Bucks New University and undertaken in partnership with Liberal Judaism/Rainbow Jews; the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and the University of Portsmouth consists of an exploration of the interplay between faith identity and sexual orientation as mediating or disrupting factors for London and South-East England based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Read more

Building resilience through collaborative community arts practice: a scoping study with disabled young people and those facing mental health complexity

Principal Investigator: Hannah Macpherson (University of Brighton)
2012

This study involved delivery of a program of weekly resilience-building arts workshops for young people with complex needs, and a literature review. We found a significant existing evidence-base linking visual arts practice to individual and community resilience across a number of disciplinary fields including art therapy, social work, community health, cultural policy and geographies of health. Read more

Performing impact

Principal Investigator: Professor Patricia Thomson (University of Nottingham)
From 2012 to 2013

A project looking at what counts as the impact of community theatre, and how it might be documented. It explores ideas about different forms of evaluation and who they are of use to: should the purpose of evaluation be only to meet funders’ requirements? What is ‘formative’ evaluation and how can it be of use to community theatre practitioners themselves? Read more

AHRC/RSA Citizen Power in Peterborough collaborative research project: understanding the impacts of citizen participation in Peterborough

Principal Investigator: Dr Mark Roberts (De Montfort University)
From 2011 to 2013

The Citizen Power programme looks at how citizen power can and should shape civic and democratic renewal. Based on theoretical argument, action research and policy analysis, the programme aims to develop ideas and practical policy solutions for cultivating civic activism and reinvigorating decision-making in the UK. The programme feeds into the RSA’s broader work on pro-social behaviour and community empowerment. Read more

Environmental Values: Linking people, places and environmental actions

Principal Investigator: Steve Cinderby
2014

Pro-environmental behaviour initiatives (PEBC) are aimed at encouraging individuals to ameliorate pollution and the drivers of climate change. Whilst it may be hoped that pro-environmental behaviour learnt and undertaken in one context (e.g. Read more

Temporal belongings

Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Bastian (University of Manchester)
2011

In everyday life, time most often appears in the form of the clock – abstract, seemingly objective, a ‘natural’ fact of life. However, as anthropologists and sociologists have long noted, time is not a neutral container for social life, but a source of values, concepts and logics that are used to negotiate the complexity of social life. Read more

On Shared Ground: Networks and Encounters around the Margins of Community Heritage

Principal Investigator: Dr Kimberley Marwood, University of Sheffield
2014

On Shared Ground examines the connected and disconnected networks of community participation in heritage research. By ‘disconnected’, we are referring to groups or individuals on the margins and edges of communities who have connections and relationships with a specific heritage landscape, but are not currently involved in the production of histories, narratives and discourses relating to those sites. Read more

Connected Communities: All Our Stories at the Science Museum

Principal Investigator: Annika Joy, Science Museum
From 2013 to 2014

The All our Stories project enabled the Science Museum Group to gain insights into the needs of community heritage groups and to develop services to assist them in their research. Investigating our collections through the different lens they provide illuminated new perspectives on our practices of collecting, classification and study. Read more

Music Communities

Principal Investigator: Dr Siobhan McAndrew, University of Manchester
From 2012 to 2013

Social networks are critical for the creation and consumption of music. The ‘Music Communities’ programme investigated the core concepts and tools of social network analysis, and how they apply to the study of music. Read more