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.
 

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

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

Careau and Ely rediscovering heritage project

Principal Investigator: Dr David Wyatt (Cardiff University)
From 2012 to 2013

Archaeologists from Cardiff University have teamed up with Ely and Caerau Communities First, local residents and the local schools to start the Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project, based in West Cardiff. Read more

Performing LGBT pride in Plymouth, 1950-2000

Principal Investigator: Professor Roberta Mock (University of Plymouth)
From 2011 to 2014

A collaborative doctorate, arising from a partnership between Plymouth University, Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (PWDRO) and local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group, Plymouth Pride Forum. PhD student, Alan Butler, is considering how the LGBT communities of Plymouth have performed and signified their cultural identities during this period of change in both attitudes and legislation. Read more

Participatory Arts and Well-being: Past and Present Practices

Principal Investigator: Dr Jane Milling
2011

This project aimed to examine diverse definitions of communal well-being and the complex ways in which participatory arts, past and present, have contributed to and sustained community well-being. We set out to study examples of best practice in content, process, outcome and impact, of historic and contemporary participatory arts activity. 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