Category: Blog

How can we better understand ‘Everyday Creativity’ and can it play a role in reducing inequalities in local communities?

For over 30 years Creative Lives has championed community and volunteer-led creative activity. Our role is to improve opportunities for everyone to be creative – a bold ambition! Creative Lives is specifically interested in supporting opportunities for people to be actively creative; taking part in music making, photography, singing in a band, making clothes, joining … Continued

Poem: Easy Bake Collaboration Equity Pie

This recipe serves more than the institutionally established researchers and creatives. It’s adventurous, with generous embedding, Of independent producers and marginalised community collaborators. Rare ingredients in the traditional organisations spice rack. You’ll marvel at its satisfying wholeness. No bitter after taste at all. If committed to memory this will become a staple, On your menu. … Continued

SAIL: Bridging the gap between Knowledge Development and the Creative and Cultural sector of West Yorkshire

In this blog post, hear from SAIL, a membership network of creative and cultural organisations in West Yorkshire, about how they’re working collectively to exchange research, build capacity, and advocate for sector-wide solutions, in order to accelerate action on climate change. At SAIL, we unite creative and cultural organisations, individuals, creative curriculum education providers and … Continued

Reflections on our NCACE evaluation journey: from a composite baseline position to the midpoint evaluation.

At NCACE we are committed to evaluating our work not just for accountability to our partners, but also to inform continuous improvements of our activity. We are particularly interested in understanding how our approach is making progress in facilitating and supporting capacity for Knowledge Exchange between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and arts and culture organisations … Continued

The Art of Engagement: creating foundations for an international learning community in social practice

Social practice is a growing phenomenon amongst artists globally, who are increasingly drawing on their creativity to address urgent intersectional issues of social and environmental justice. There are nevertheless still relatively few opportunities to formally develop the knowledge and understanding needed for effective practice in this field. The nature of learning for engagement in the … Continued

God’s Eye View: Curating the intersections between artist, audience and place

Exploring the contributions of artist-researcher, curator and practice-based research in stimulating public dialogues through site-specific art installations and how notions of place are vital in shaping these new narratives. In this blog, Amy Carter Gordon and David Cotterrell reflect on a pilot collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University and No Bounds – a critically acclaimed independent … Continued

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