WORK PACKAGE FOUR Communities, Culture and Creative Economies
Academic Lead Dr. Paul Long, Co-Investigator, Reader in Media and Cultural History Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research AHRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship/Interreg Creative Metropoles/NESTA/ACE/AHRC R&D ‘Culture Cloud’ Manchester case study: Paul Heywood RF: Site Researcher x 2 Critical Friend: Phil Jones
Aims To explore how intermediation connects communities into the creative economy . To explore how these insights can be enhanced to break down the tension between hard-to- reach communities and inaccessible cultural resources. To develop means to measure value of intermediation activities within targeted communities.
How does this element of the project contribute tothe aims of the project as a whole? Case studies to emergefrom work undertaken in WP1 and 3 in order to connect what different institutions think ishappening to how intermediation activity is experienced on the ground.
Research questions How do cultural intermediations impact upon communities (how is community conceptualised in intermediation)? In this context, what is cultural learning? How are memories, behaviour, skills, values or knowledgedeveloped? What ‘good’ is cultural intermediation? How have formal processes of cultural intermediationengaged with different communities, particularly those that have been ‘hard-to-reach’? To what extent have activities served to facilitate the connection of these communitiesinto the creative economy?
Methods Ethnography Deployment of shadowing activities ~80 walked and conventional interviews, focus groups and participatory events Gathering ‘fruits’ of intermediation.
Partners/stakeholders engaged? Birmingham/Manchester communities subject to/objects of cultural intermediation. Cultural intermediaries.
How does this WP engage withcommunities? Engaging community researchers attempts to break down the boundaries between academic and lay knowledge creation = co-constructors of knowledge. Training community researchers to examine the ways in which cultural intermediation has impacted on their lives. Producing benefit in terms of upskilling, confidence building and direct engagement in developing new modes of working to improve community engagement in these activities.
What are the planned outputs? Journal article on effectiveness of different intermediary processes; case studies; guide for communities engaging with creative economy initiatives; UK conference. Seminar and pamphlet series engage community groups with the practical and theoretical lessons delivered by the research. Blogs. Multiplatform presence. Methodological innovations.