Category: Blog

The challenges of research collaboration

This article was originally published at on 22 February 2023, it has been re-published here with the permission of ArtsProfessional.  Rosy Greenlees and Suzie Leighton have been reflecting on the challenges of knowledge exchange between the arts and higher education sectors. Here they explore the mutual benefits of co-curated collaborations and what support leaders in the field … Continued

Artists in the Academy

Last October during our inaugural Festival of Cultural Knowledge Exchange, one of the events I curated was an intimate, in depth ‘in conversation’ event on the theme of Artists in the Academy. I brought together two artists; Anne Marie  Culhane and Ruth Jarman, from the artist duo Semiconductor, to share their expertise, reflect on their … Continued

Dynamic evaluation in community engagement

We have recently completed work as evaluators on the ACE-funded community engagement project ‘Asset-based Storytelling in Kingston’. The project was led by Kingston Libraries (Fiona Tarn) and professional storyteller Richard Neville, working in partnership with community organisations in the Borough of Kingston: Mind in Kingston, Hestia, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness, Voices of Hope, Kingston … Continued

Lived experience, co-creation and creative possibilities for health and wellbeing

On 3rd November 2022, NCACE hosted an Evidence Café on Cultural Collaborations for Health and Wellbeing. I was delighted to welcome delegates to listen to presentations and watch artistic outputs from three collaborative projects which focus on improving mental and physical health for young people and professional dancers.   The field of creative health is large … Continued

Decolonising the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Collections as an Inside-Outsider: A Perspective on Collaborative Research

This NCACE micro commission built on the findings of my Midlands4Cities funded collaborative doctoral project with BCU and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), which aimed to determine what might make up an SBT ‘international collection’ and to the determine the best pathways to implementing positive change at the heart of Shakespeare’s cultural iconography: the museum … Continued

Cultural Compacts, collaboration, knowledge exchange: the role of Higher Education in fostering place-based cultural and artistic ecologies

Evelyn Wilson: I first came across the notion of Cultural Compacts through a short presentation given by Paul Bristow (Arts Council England), during a Creative Industries Council Regionals and Clusters Meeting a few years back. Twenty Cultural Compacts were first supported by Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport back in … Continued

Coming together creatively to talk about loneliness and communication

University of Brighton researcher Dr Gemma Williams has teamed up with autistic and learning-disabled artists to produce a series of eye-opening animated videos. The artists behind the four short films have been supported to learn animation skills over the past year as part of a novel university-community partnership between University of Brighton and local arts … Continued

Widening access to ancient cultures in museums and schools through partnership working

The Advocating Classics Education (ACE) project seeks to improve access to the study of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History by working in partnership with Liverpool World Museum (LWM) and OCR examination board, and alongside the Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology (MOCA) as a collaborator, to provide subject knowledge enhancement training for teachers, curriculum-linked support materials, … Continued

STEAMhouse’s state-of-the-art centre ready to launch

The STEAMhouse building, Birmingham City University (BCU)’s new centre for innovation, will offer innovative, exciting and collaborative opportunities for growth for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Clayton Shaw, Programme Manager at STEAMhouse, discusses the space and what it will provide to businesses, creatives, students and more.  Preserving our past and building our future The … Continued