In 2007 I was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to engage people in six neighbourhoods across Britain in participatory arts activity to explore the challenges of life in their communities. The commission accompanied a major JRF funded, three year academic study entitled 'Living Through Change in Challenging Neighbourhoods' undertaken by the Centre for Regional and Economic Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. This study examined the changing circumstances and experiences of households living in six relatively deprived neighbourhoods across Britain, and sought to understand the experiences and perceptions of people in low income households.
Participatory activities included photographic projects, audio recordings and film-making. The resulting material was shown within the communities concerned and presented alongside the formal research in a range of contexts.
Please use the links in the left hand menu to view a selection of art work from four of the six areas.
For further information on the JRF project visit the CRESR project website HERE. To access a selection of the published papers visit HERE and for further details on the role of participatory media arts visit HERE.
Photograph by Hillywood resident
'Communities Under Pressure'
Exhibition and Policy Seminar
An exhibition of 'Living Through Change' project artwork held at New London Architecture, The Building Centre, London. 16th June - 15th July 2011
Click on the image for further details and related links.
'What is happening to our community'
Self Published Book
A 160 page book produced to showcase the 'Living Through Change' project work, explore the underlying social issues and reveal the range of creative and research approaches employed across the six study areas.
The book was exhibited alongside the project work at New London Architecture and sixty copies were distributed by the JRF alongside the final project report to ministers, academics and others.
'what is happening to our community' - imagery and commentary from six challenging neighbourhoods - published June 2011
'Giving voice and taking pictures'
My experience on the 'Living Through Change' project provided a case study for a paper I wrote for the journal 'People, Povery and Place Online' entitled 'Giving Voice, Taking Pictures: participatory documentary and visual research' (PPP Online, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2011).