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


Principal Investigator: Professor Kate Pahl University of Sheffield
Co-investigators: Steve Pool, Castlefield Gallery; Dr Helen Graham, University of Leeds: Dr Amanda Ravetz, Manchester Metropolitan University
Collaborators: Kwong Lee, Castlefield Gallery; Susan Jones, a-n Artists Information Company
Duration: 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. At the same time artists have framed, challenged and theoretically informed engaged research.
The project is led by Kate Pahl, Helen Graham, Steve Pool and Amanda Ravetz. It combines established research methods with an innovative open ended ‘studio’ form of enquiry aimed at understanding how artists have been working across a range of Connected Communities projects. The studio methodology asks how artists come to know and which theories of change they carry with them when working with communities.