Cultural Playing Field


Understanding Everyday Participation Partner Advisory Board by Robin Simpson
October 26, 2012, 3:10 pm
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On Wednesday afternoon I was at Arts Council England in London for the first meeting of the Partner Advisory Board for the Understanding Everyday Participation research project. This 5-year project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme and by Creative Scotland. Understanding Everyday Participation is being run by a consortium of 7 academics at 4 universities with 2 professional researchers and a wide range of partner organisations, including Voluntary Arts. The project is looking at the relationship between participation and cultural value. Orthodox models of culture and the creative economy are based on a narrow definition of participation: one that captures engagement with traditional institutions such as museums and galleries but overlooks more informal activities such as community festivals and hobbies. This project will paint a broader picture of how people make their lives through culture and in particular how communities are formed and connected through participation. The project consists of 5 interrelated work packages and will include detailed studies of 6 contrasting cultural ecosystems (in Manchester/Salford, Gateshead, Dartmoor, Peterborough, Eilean Siar/Stornoway and Aberdeen).

Robin Simpson.

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