Cultural Engagement Showcase Event

Cultural Engagement Showcase Event, University of Birmingham, Tuesday 5 July 2016


The University of Birmingham and the AHRC have been supporting recent Arts and Humanities doctoral graduates to work on projects that take elements of their research out into the public sphere. The projects were about cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships with the cultural sector in Birmingham. The 3 Cultural Engagement Fellows have been collaborating in interesting and exciting ways with various local arts and cultural institutions on a range of projects that demonstrated how dynamic this kind of partnership can be.

The University is developing a showcase event to celebrate the projects, but also to encourage cultural engagement with research to the wider UoB PG/ ECR community. We hope to inspire PGRs and ECRs to engage with cultural organisations and community groups (and vice versa), and to model the kinds of collaborations that are possible by considering what cultural engagement is and can be for both partner organisations and for academics.

The day will have inspiring keynote speakers talking from both perspectives about the forms cultural engagement can take and why it is so vital. It will provide useful networking opportunities for academics and cultural partners, and discussion panels exploring issues around the arts and academia coming together in this way, looking specifically at the role of cultural engagement in audience development, for instance, as well as a panel presenting some successful practice-led research activities. The day is about inspiring the PGR and ECR community as well as asking pertinent questions about what cultural engagement means and precisely how universities and the cultural sector can work productively together. The panels will allow participants to talk for 5-10 minutes about their work in this context, before opening up a broader discussion about these issues.

WHEN    Tuesday, 5 July 2016 from 10:00 to 17:30

WHERE    University of Birmingham – Nicholson Building (adjacent to Winterbourne House & Garden)

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