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.
 

Stories to connect with: disadvantaged children creating phygital community objects to share their life-narratives of resilience and transformation

Principal Investigator: Dr Candice Satchwell
From 2015 to 2017

Working with children and young people from Barnardo’s and other participatory groups, we will gather stories about young people’s lives which might otherwise not be heard. First we will train young people to become researchers, and they will ‘collect’ narratives from other young people. Then we will work with well-known children’s authors to make these stories into assemblages of fiction. Read more

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network

Principal Investigator: Dr Gail McConnell, Queen's University Belfast
From 2015 to 2016

In the field of mental health research, voice-hearers feel the effects of academic language-use in their everyday lives through the hierarchical language of ‘others’ (e.g. ‘researcher’ and ‘researched’) and stigmatising labels. This project seeks to learn how to listen to ‘others’ and to counter oppressive structures of language-use by building a network of expertise in listening. It brings together voice-hearing networks, independent artists and academics to develop a suite of resources for creative listening practices. Read more

Localism, Narrative & Myth

Principal Investigator: Antonia Layard (then University of Cardiff, then University of Birmingham)
From 2012 to 2013

Localism, Narrative & Myth was a research project funded by the Connected Communities programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in 2012-2013. The academic partners were Antonia Layard (now Bristol), Raksha Pande (Durham), Joe Painter (Durham), Hilary Ramsden (then UWE) and Hamish Fyfe (Glamorgan). The project consisted of two strands both of which are available on this website. Read more

Community filmmaking and cultural diversity: Practice, innovation and policy

Principal Investigator: Dr Sarita Malik (Brunel University)
From 2013 to 2014

The research aims to understand better how community filmmaking practices, in culturally diverse contexts, contribute to the wider film ecology and to representation, identity and innovation and how this contribution can be better supported by policy. Read more

Global Cotton Connections: East meets West in the Derbyshire Peak District, UK

Principal Investigator: Dr Susanne Seymour, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
From 2014 to 2015

Britain is famous for its ‘Industrial Revolution’ and cotton textiles were a key component of this. Many early mills were located in rural areas where water power could be harnessed. The Derbyshire Peak District, now partly covered by a National Park and containing the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, is one key area yet its global connections remain obscured. Read more

Exploring personal communities: A review of volunteering processes

Principal Investigator: Professor Mihaela Kelemen, Keele University
2012

Exploring Personal Communities: A Review of Volunteering Processes investigates the idea that personal communities contribute to the public good by offering ways to transcend commonplace dualisms such as public/private and individual/collective. Read more

Foodscapes

Principal Investigator: Michael Buser, University of the West of England
2013

FOODSCAPES was an AHRC Connected Communities project that explored the use of art as a way of opening up discussion about food, food poverty and sustainable communities. Participants included Knowle West Media Centre, The Matthew Tree Project, the Edible Landscapes Movement, UWE Bristol, University of Southampton, the James Hutton Institute and Paul Hurley (artist-in-residence). Read more

Stories of change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future

Principal Investigator: Dr Joe Smith
From 2014 to 2016

The Stories of Change project aims to help to revive stalled public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future. The project draws on history, literature, social and policy research and the arts to encourage a more imaginative approach to current and future energy choices. Read more

Co-Curate North East

Principal Investigator: Eric Cross, Newcastle University
From 2013 to 2015

Co-Curate NE responds to demand from schools and community groups within the North East to access and enhance knowledge from a broad range of museum collections and archives. Schools and community groups are often unable to access physical collections and archives because of distance or because demand for physical visits outstrips the capacity of the museum/archive. Read more

Productive Margins regulating for Engagement

Principal Investigator: Professor Morag McDermont
From 2013 to 2018

Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-making is top-down and decision makers do not adequately engage, deeming ‘community engagement’ a passive exercise. Communities are often only invited to comment on decisions which have already been made, leaving isolated and excluded communities feeling even more powerless, and adding to dislocation between politicians and the electorate. Read more