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When the workshop is working: The role of artists in collaborative research with young people and communities

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Helen Graham, Dr Tessa Holland


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© 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.Purpose – This paper comes from workshop activities and structured reflection by a group of artists and researchers who have been using artistic practice within research projects aimed at enabling researchers to collaborate with communities. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach – Three out of four in the group have a practicing creative background and their own studio/workshop space. Findings – Artists are often employed – whether in schools or research projects – to run workshops; to bring a distinctive set of skills that enable learning or collaboration to take place. In this paper the authors reflect on the different meanings and connotations of “workshop” – as noun (as a place where certain types of activity happen, a bounded space) and a verb (to work something through; to make something together). From there the authors will then draw out the different principles of what artistic practice can offer towards creating a collaborative space for new knowledge to emerge. Research limitations/implications – Key ideas include different repertories of structuring to enable different forms of social interaction; the role of materal/ality and body in shifting what can be recognised as knowing; and the skills of “thinking on your feet”, being responsive and improvising. Originality/value – The authors will conclude by reflecting on aspects to consider when developing workshops as part of collaborative research projects.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Graham H, Hill K, Holland T, Pool S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Qualitative Research Journal

Year: 2015

Volume: 15

Issue: 4

Pages: 404-415

Online publication date: 28/10/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1443-9883

ISSN (electronic): 1448-0980

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1108/QRJ-06-2015-0043


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