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New AHRC Connected Communities project: ‘Taking yourselves seriously’

Posted on February 28 2017 in News & Updates

Kate Pahl has been awarded follow on funding from AHRC for a project called ‘Taking Yourselves Seriously: artistic approaches to social cohesion’. This aims to explore how artistic methodologies contribute to social cohesion, drawing on a previous project that looked at what artists did when they worked with communities.

The project has been developed collaboratively with ARVAC (Association for Research with the Voluntary and Community sector) and Sheffield City Council and Rotherham MBC social cohesion teams. The project team will work in three settings: Pitsmoor Adventure Playground in Sheffield, Clifton School in Rotherham and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, to develop an understanding of how artistic methodologies can support and develop spaces for social cohesion in community and educational contexts.

This is great news for Imagine researchers, community partners and collaborators who are on the project team including: poet Helen Mort, artists Steve Pool and Zahir Rafiq, Zanib Rasool, (Rotherham United Community Sports Trust). Kate Pahl is PI and the project runs from the 1st February 2017 for one year.

The project is in the early stages but has already been featured on the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Science’s ‘Where we live now’ blog.