Cultural Playing Field

Understanding Everyday Participation by Robin Simpson
June 10, 2011, 4:27 pm
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On Monday I spoke to Catherine Bunting about the ‘Understanding Everyday Participation’ research project. Catherine is the Director, Research & Knowledge, at Arts Council England but is currently on secondment to this Connected Communities research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and involving a consortium of universities. The study is looking at why people participate in cultural activities and what they value about their participation. Following the discussion I took part in at ACE a few weeks ago Catherine has now formally invited Voluntary Arts to become partners in the project, which is seeking substantial further funding from AHRC to undertake a major 5-year study into cultural participation. We agreed the ways in which Voluntary Arts will be involved in the project if funding is secured. Voluntary Arts is already a partner (with the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham, the University of Exeter and the University of Glamorgan) in another Connected Communities research project, ‘The Role of Grassroots Arts Activities in Communities’. Together, I think these two studies will provide a range of evidence that will be incredibly valuable in our lobbying and advocacy work on behalf of the voluntary arts sector.

Robin Simpson.

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