Practitioner guide to collaborative fiction writing with community groups

This new guide to collaborative fiction writing with community groups was devised with support from a Catalyst grant provided by AHRC. The guide was produced by a collaboration between two large AHRC Connected Community projects, Life Chances and Stories2Connect, with the involvement of Amy Cooper (designer) and Laura Cross (illustrator) in producing the final version. Read more


New book: Co-producing research: a community development approach

  Offering a critical examination of co-produced research, this book draws on experiences from an innovative project, Imagine – connecting communities through research. It outlines a community development approach, involving collaboration between diverse people/groups to develop communities of place, interest and identity. Read more


Job opportunity: Single Parent Action Network – A Participatory History

 The University of Bristol are looking for a Senior Research Associate (full time, for 24 months) for an AHRC-funded research project, Single Parent Action Network: A Participatory History.    The role would suit someone with experience of participatory and co-produced research, and of working with partners beyond the university.  Experience of historical research is desirable, but not essential.     More details Read more


Call For Contributions: Creative Interruptions – A Festival of Arts and Activism 

Where? BFI – British Film Institute, London Southbank, 17 – 18 June 2019  Submission deadline? 11 January 2019     Creative Interruptions: A Festival of Arts and Activism will explore how marginalised communities use the arts, media and creativity to challenge exclusion. Read more


Practice-based PhD opportunity: History of the Roman occupation of Wales

CALLING ARTISTS, MUSEUMS & HERITAGE PROFESSIONALS   The National Roman Legion Museum (NRLM) at Caerleon and universities of Bristol and Southampton are looking for someone with a passion for and skills in media & museums practice to develop new, critical-creative, experimental approaches to the history of the Roman occupation of Wales. Read more


Call for Proposals – 2019 WW1 Engagement Centres Festival

What’s it all about? We would like to invite projects to share your work at our Legacies of the First World War Festival, which will be hosted by the WW1 Engagement Centres and held across the UK in 2019. Read more


Guest Blog: Affective community being-ness after Brexit: a “CataLab”

This is the first of four guest blogs by one of our Catalyst Funded Projects Affective community being-ness after Brexit: a “CataLab” by Dr Geoff Bright. . The Connected Communities Catalyst Fund 2016-18 was intended to support the consolidation of exciting new ideas arising from the Connected Communities programme. Read more


Blog – Voices of War and Peace

As the First World War Engagement Centres announce a major festival for 2019 (, Nicola Gauld from the Voices of  War and Peace Centre shares some of the highlights of the Centre’s work. Read more


Blog: Taking Yourself Seriously – Project Summary

Kate Pahl, Principle Investigator of the Taking Yourself Seriously Project, shares some of the findings of the project: The ‘Taking Yourself Seriously’ project emerged from an original AHRC funded project that identified that artists took a number of roles within community/university projects. Read more


New Perspectives in Participatory Arts: a report by Dr Lucy Wright

Last week we were pleased to launch the new report on New Perspectives in Participatory Arts by Dr Lucy Wright at the New Perspectives on Participatory Arts conference held at the University of East Anglia. Read more