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.
 

Creative participation

Principal Investigator: Antonia Layard (University of Birmingham)
From 2011 to 2012

Creative Participation was a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Connected Communities programme in 2011-12. The project explored how three ‘pioneer communities’ in Newcastle, Cumbria and Bristol use creativity to involve themselves in place-making and planning practices after initial struggles to have a voice in the process. Read more

Co-producing legacy: What is the role of artists within Connected Communities projects?

Principal Investigator: Professor Kate Pahl University of Sheffield
From 2014 to 2015

This research project will explore how artists work within the AHRC Connected Communities programme. The programme has encouraged arts and humanities academics to work in different ways with communities to co-produce research across a range of disciplines. Many academics have worked with artists to realize ideas and help with a community engaged approach to research. Read more

Creating cultural citizenship? Understanding the impact of participatory arts on community health and wellbeing

Principal Investigator: Professor Norma Daykin (University of the West of England)
2012

This research development project emerged from the 2011 workshop ‘Communities, Cultures, Health and Well- Being’. It is focused on arts and health, an emergent field that encompasses diverse art forms, genres and settings. The starting point for the study was the need to develop understanding of practice excellence in this interdisciplinary field. Read more

Cultural Activism in the Community

Principal Investigator: Michael Buser
2012

This scoping study explored literature and debates on cultural activism and communities of place. Cultural activism is defined as a set of creative practices and activities which challenge dominant interpretations and constructions of the world, while presenting alternative socio-political and spatial imaginaries in ways which challenge relationships between art, politics, participation and spectatorship. Read more

The role of creative interventions in fostering connectivity and resilience in older people

Principal Investigator: Anna Goulding, Newcastle University
2014

We are aiming to understand how creative interventions can help develop connectivity and resilience for older people. We will critically reflect on a range of projects including community gardening, filmmaking, the built environment, product design, digital media, theatre, music, cultural learning and visual arts interventions. Read more

Authority, knowledge and performance in participatory practice

Principal Investigator: Claire Blencowe (University of Warwick)
2012

Collaborators – Stepping Out Theatre Company; Mad Hatters of Bath; Authority Research Network We used an initial literature survey and consultations with mental health performance groups to feed into a week-long residential workshop for eleven academics and community practitioners. Read more

Networked communities as dynamic co-created learning environments

Principal Investigator: Professor Neil Ravenscroft
2013

Through a series of co-created and facilitated workshops and training programmes, Phase 1 of this project has brought facilitation practice into conversation with academic research methods to create a co-designed multi-method model for organising the generation of data about personal and community histories and associations. Read more

Evaluating the Legacy of Animative and Iterative Connected Communities Projects: A Three Dimensional Model of Change

Principal Investigator: Professor Mihaela Kelemen
From 2014 to 2015

This project explores ways of evaluating and enhancing the legacy of the Connected Communities (hereafter CC) programme by investigating and reflecting on the impacts that four projects funded within this programme have had in both in the communities with whom they were conducted and can have in new community settings, both in the UK and beyond. Read more

The Poetics of the Archive: creative and community engagement with the Bloodaxe Archives

Principal Investigator: Professor Linda Anderson Newcastle University
From 2013 to 2015

The archive of Bloodaxe Books, newly acquired by Newcastle University, is one of the most extensive and significant poetry archives in the world. The challenge is to unlock its meaning and use by seeing it as more than a scholarly resource, accessible through standard search-based catalogue, and to allow more creative, open-ended and playful interactions with it. Read more

Tangible Memories: Community in care

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Manchester
From 2014 to 2015

Bringing together an interdisciplinary team including digital artists and makers, learning researchers, computer scientists, social historians, older people themselves and those who work with them we are co-producing a set of new digital tools that will address some of the key societal challenges concerning the care and well-being of older people and the legacy of the memories and stories that Read more