Cultural Playing Field

Understanding Everyday Participation by Robin Simpson
July 20, 2012, 4:33 pm
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On Monday afternoon Mary and I met Dr Lisanne Gibson from the University of Leicester. Lisanne is working on the Understanding Everyday Participation research project (being led by Dr Andrew Miles at the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester). Voluntary Arts is a partner in this five-year research study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project is looking at the sorts of cultural participation that are not captured by conventional approaches such as the Taking Part survey. It will also investigate the link between participation in culture and social and economic outcomes. There are five work packages within the overall research project and Lisanne is involved in the package looking at the ‘cultural ecosystem’ by conducting intensive research in particular locations. Lisanne wanted to talk to us specifically about the research that is to be undertaken in Gateshead and Peterborough, which will start in 2014. We discussed how Voluntary Arts England might be able to help identify existing amateur arts and crafts groups in these areas.

Robin Simpson.

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