Creative participation


Principal Investigator: Antonia Layard (University of Birmingham)
Co-investigators: Tom Wakeford and Jane Milling
Collaborators: The Newcastle Elders Forum, Young Cumbria, the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft in BristolTom Wakeford and Jane Milling.
Duration: 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. The key empirical findings from the project illustrate divergent approaches to creativity in place-making with each having some success. Sites in Newcastle, Cumbria and Bristol have been creatively transformed to reflect the needs and interests of older and younger people and to ‘beautify’ the environment in Stokes Croft.