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.
 

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

Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive

Principal Investigator: Simon Popple (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2015

Pararchive aims to co-produce a new open digital resource that will allow anyone to search and collect on-line sources and combine them with their own media (film, photographs and other ephemera) to tell their own stories, make new archives, be creative, start new projects and do their own research. Read more

Cultural Planning for Sustainable Communities

Principal Investigator: Graeme Evans
From 2013 to 2014

This 18 month research project aims to use cultural mapping and planning as a way to explain and value the relationship between arts & culture and the environment. Ideas of and behaviour towards the natural environment and ‘ecosystems’ tend to lack a cultural dimension, or include the cultural sector of arts organisations, artists and other ‘hidden’ community culture. 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

Towards hydrocitizenship. Connecting communities with and through responses to interdependent, multiple water issues

Principal Investigator: Owain Jones Bath Spa University
From 2014

This 3 year project will investigate, and make creative contributions to, the ways in which citizens and communities live with each other and their environment in relation to water in a range of UK neighbourhoods. Read more