Co-producing CARE: Community Asset-based Research & Enterprise

Lead Research Organisation: Falmouth University
Department Name: The School of Communication Design

Abstract

Millions engage in creative hobbies each year, activities that are undertaken voluntarily for pleasure and involve high levels of ingenuity, competence and creativity. The value of hobbies for any project exploring a method and a methodology for co-created community research is that they represent an important area of community assets and strengths. The skills, knowledge, expertise and capabilities, if recognized at all, are often dismissed and devalued even by those who practice them, but they might be developed and applied more widely through volunteering, training, community activism, small business or social enterprise.

'CARE' brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers: academics working on participatory practice and co-design, and a community co-researcher with long experience of collaborative work with community groups, to develop a methodology for co-produced community learning and skill-sharing through hobbycrafts that promotes self-reflection and reflexivity. It aims to develop a methodology that grows from the grass roots, from within communities. A focus on handicrafts and to a lesser extent collecting, the purest form of hobby activities according to the hobbies historian Steven Gelber, offers opportunities for an integrated participatory methodology that could be up-scaled and applied to other 'communities of interest', eg. sports clubs, business groups, ecological societies, performers, dance enthusiasts, gardeners (Wenger 2002). The making involved in hobby crafts has particular qualities. While small group settings foster dialogue, the experience of making, whether drawing, construction, knitting or sewing, brings something more and can enhance trust and focus concentration (Csikszentmihayli 1979). Making, moreover, is connected with narration. There is a long history of women talking while they make, exchanging confidences and telling their life histories in sewing groups and quilting bees; the artist Suzanne Lacy's socially purposeful project The Crystal Quilt (1987. Tate 2012) reveals this as it gives voice and visibility to older women.

This project aims to co-create a methodology around making, narrating and sharing as a means of giving voice, and promoting self-reflection and reflexivity in ways that build on and develop community strengths, skills and creativity. Action research (Crouch & Pearce 2012), participatory practice (Ledwith & Springett 2010), visual methodologies (Rose 2007), digital storytelling (Lambert 2002), co-produced creative processes (Matarasso 1997), and making as a component of material culture and design ethnography (Miller 2008), provide a framework for thinking about the processes of making, talking, sharing and connecting that hobbycrafts involve. Film, aural recordings, digital tagging, visual storytelling, podcast, diaries, mapping and other visual and material methods will be used to promote reflexivity helping individuals to unpack the deeper meanings involved in hobby crafts. Having confidence in one's own abilities is a powerful position from which to take on new skills, and a belief in the value of intergenerational skill-sharing through applied learning (learning through doing) between community participants and the project team underpins the project's co-creational ethos.

Planned Impact

The interdisciplinary nature of the research and the involvement of a community co-researcher and stakeholder partners in key areas in the voluntary arts, age and creativity, crafts, education and health sectors, means that CARE impact will be broad ranging. The research has the potential to contribute to building more resilient, healthier, active, creative and socially connected communities by:

- Increasingly the effectiveness of public policy through building the community assets of older people, in particular, as active citizens.
- Enhancing quality of life, health, creative output and opportunities for the individuals involved in the project, and beyond to other communities that use the co-produced methodology to develop their own abilities and capacities.
- Developing strategies and mechanisms for alternative models for learning (on and offline) through talking and making, skill-sharing and storytelling.
- Improving the richness and diversity of the nation's cultural resources through the production of engaged community amateur creative practice.

The key to the impact of this project lies in the development of a co-created methodology for co-produced research by and with, rather than on, communities that develops from community strengths and potential, and attempts to maximise these. Immediately this generates impact within the community organizations involved in the project, particularly the community co-research partner Craftspace, providing an opportunity for them to develop their creative and reflective skills and their knowledge, while fostering strategies for community resilience. With broader application of the process, this effect can be multiplied in the UK and elsewhere; the partnership with Bealtaine Festival, for instance, offers opportunities for the co-produced project in Phase 2 to be extended to Ireland.

Those working in community development will benefit from a methodology that not only connects people - something that has been explored more extensively - but also has potential for promoting self-reflection, reflexivity, agency and awareness, something that to date has been little researched. Community development consultant Alison Gilchrist's 'The Well-Connected Community: a networking approach to community development' (2009) is a key text in this respect; Gilchrist is contributing her expertise as a consultant on the project and will use her well-established networks to disseminate the research http://www.alisongilchrist.co.uk/

The recent Crafts Council Report 'Craft in an Age of Change' identifies a new landscape for crafts with increasing levels of redundancy and the effects of shifts in higher education as crafts courses are closed or diversify. In this context, the value of amateur skills take on new importance, particularly if people turn to craft as an alternative career. The Crafts Council is a CARE collaborator and the research findings will feed into future reports bu CC and other partner organisations such as Voluntary Arts, ConFab, and the Hertitage Crafts Association, as a wider conception of crafts practice, education, and community engagment emerges. The Craftspace Collective - community co-research partner - meanwhile, has a successful record of establishing small craft businesses and social enterprises. CARE additionally responds to Bealtaine Festival's concerns with age and creativity, and the recent European Social Survey 2008 finding that older people continue to add value to the economy, underscoring imperatives to keep active as we live longer lives.

The Department for Communities and Local Government says it is 'working to help citizens and communities take action to solve their own problems'. CARE acknowledges this agenda and provides a grassroots model to inform how community assets can be maximised and shared, and our partners will will help us target policy makers, local authorities and third sector leaders through their websites, networks and events.

Publications

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Hackney F (2016) The Power of Quiet: Re- Affective Amateur and Professional Textiles Agencies in Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice

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Hackney F Affective speculations and practices that matter in Future Thinking for Social Living in Material Thinking/16 Special issue: Multisensory Materialities in the art school,

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Hackney F (2015) Quiet Activism and the New Amateur in Design and Culture

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Hackney, F. 'Make, Do and Mind: Crafts Practice, Quiet Activism and the Politics of Everyday Well-being.' in WELL-BEING 2013: Designs on Well-being, exploring responses to the well-being agenda

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Hackney, F. Co-Creating Heritage: building community assets and enterprise in Connected Communities Heritage Network

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Hackney, F. (2013) 'CAREful or CAREless? Collaborative Making and Social Engagement through Craft' in Engage 33: The International Journal of Visual Art and Gallery Education: Special issue on Critical Craft

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Hackney, F. (2014) 'Taking CARE: building community assets through collaborative creative-making' in Making Futures: Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice.

 
Title Artefact/Artwork Praxinscope 
Description A co-produced praxinoscope (early form of animation) which is illustrated with depictions of Utopia and Dystopia. A series of strips with different motifs on them are inserted into the praxinoscope and when it revolves they become animated. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The co-produced praxinoscope became a visual story telling device enabling participants and researches to use it to actively engage people in conversation about utopia and dystopia. The desire to/act of changing the strips and turning the praxinoscope positively encouraged conversation and dialogue between people - it was an act of 'doing' and 'participating'. This made the research and the difficult topic more accessible to the general public. 
URL https://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/maker-centric-2016/film/
 
Title One Day When We Were Young 
Description One Day When we Were Young is a 15 minute film made as part of a partially auto-ethnographic arts as research project that develops methodology for listening and sharing through creative making (stitch) between artist Mah Rana and her mother who has early stage Alzheimer's. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The film was screened at the Art as Research in Learning and Teaching International conference at Wolverhampton University as part of a presentation given by Professor Hackney and Mah Rana. It has also been accepted for screening at the prestigious Reel to Reel Craft Film Festival run by the Crafts Council May 2017 London, where it will be seen by an extensive audience of practitioners, general public, museums and galleries personnel, school children and students. https://vimeo.com/180566371; 
URL http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/real-to-reel-the-craft-film-festival/
 
Title cocreating care (P2) Hannah Maughan Sewing stories kit 
Description This series of embroidered objects were made by Falmouth University Senior Lecturer Textile Design Hannah Maughan in response to conversations and discussions during a series of community 'sewing club gatherings' that Hannah hosted as part of Making Things Together, phase 2 of cocreating CARE. Hannah sewed extract from the conversations into sewing artefacts: a pincushion, needle case, tape measure, buttons etc. in a form of 'embroidered ethnography'; putting the 'small stories' of making (the incidental everyday conversations, exchanges and observations that are so often lost) back into the material objects that enabled them. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact This piece was shown at the Pop Up exhibition accompanying the All Makers Now conference (Falmouth University July 2014) http://www.autonomatic.org.uk/allmakersnow/project/hannah-maughan/ - attended by 200+ people - it contributed to debates about handcraft and digital making and the significance of community collaborative work that supports idea exchange and continued creative engagement through craft and creative making. These ideas were developed in a paper given at the conference by Hannah Maughan and Mary Loveday Edwards, which will be published by autonomatic in a conference collection and/or with the Journal of Material Culture (see publications section) increasing academic reach. This piece was also shown at the AHRC Connected Communities Cardiff Festival and was seen by an audience of academics, community groups, partners, third sector agencies and the public: approx. 1000+ Hannah Maughan attended the event, the project stand and workshops and had discussions with, for instance, representatives of the Embroiderers' Guild - particularly current debates about digital and traditional techniques, educational approaches and possibilities for further connecting/bridging the gap between traditional approaches and contemporary aesthetics and educational concepts. 
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/ethnographic-embroidery/
 
Title cocreating care (P2) films 
Description This series of short films by Bryony Stokes were made in collaboration with community participants and practice-based researchers. They show project participants talking about their views on the value of collaborative crafting in the second part of the cocreating CARE project 'Making Things Together'. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The films have had academic impact and have been shown at a number of academic/craft/community engagement conferencesArts and Community Participation (Utrecht 2014) (attended by approx. 200 people academics, community partner group representatives, third sector agencies) and Dr Hackney was invited to submit a paper to the up-coming AHRC funded Pararchive conference (2015) to explore how such community resources and archive materials can be made available as a coproduced archival resource. The films were also shown at the AHRC Connected Communities Cardiff Festival to an audience of academics, members of the public, school teachers and pupils, and third sector organisations (museums, charities etc. approx. 1000 people). They will be archived on the AHRC digital platform and archival resource for the Connected Communities programme: 'Connected Communities Media Collection website (CCMC)' making them available to wider audiences digitally. Partners Voluntary Arts England, Craftspace and Bealtaine Festival (age and creativity) and collaborator, The Crafts Council, will be featuring the films on their websites, substantially increasing reach to wider audiences of craftspeople and the general public. 
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/buddy-films/
 
Title cocreating care (p1) films 
Description This series of short films by Bryony Stokes were made in collaboration with community participants and practice-based researchers. They show project participants talking about and demonstrating their craft activities in their home/workshop environments and reflecting on wider issues to do with the craft economy, culture, craft skills etc. as part of the 'sharing through making' aspect of project methodology; later films show two participants coming together to talk about the work and responses. Dr Hackney argues that they demonstrate a specifically craft film aesthetic due to the use of colour, close up intimate shots, collage etc. (see published outputs: Making Futures and article in Engage 33 Critical Crafts) 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The films have been shown at a number of academic/craft/community engagement conferences (Making Futures, Plymouth (2013): 200+ audience of crafts practitioners, academics, museum and gallery professionals from UK and internationally (the paper is published on the Making Futures website - see publications), Arts and Community Participation (Utrecht 2013 - 200+ European and British academics and community organisations attending) and Dr Hackney was invited to submit a paper to the up-coming AHRC funded Pararchive conference (2015) to explore how such community resources can be co-archived and accessed by community groups. The films are also analysed in an article in engage 33 the international journal of visual art and gallery education - which has a national and international reach (see publications section) The films were shown on the project stand at the AHRC Connected Communities Festival Edinburgh (see engagement) to an audience of approximately 1000+ academics, community partners and participants. They appear on the website for AHRC project mapping social design - http://mappingsocialdesign.org/2014/04/16/speculative-design-brief-response-4/ (extended reach to designers, academics) and one film 'Pippa's Story' was picked up by Guardian online in an article (see engagement section) 15000 shares on social media and 138 comments. The films are available on the AHRC Connected Communities archive platform for digital media (see this section P2 films for details) giving wider long term reach to academics and other community audiences. 
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/buddy-films/
 
Title cocreating care Making Things Together digital platform 
Description A digital platform (Making Things Together) designed to enable participants to engage with each other in an intimate 'buddy' relationship (a form on online crafting penfriend) communicate, show and discuss craftwork they are making and their daily crafting experiences. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact - the Making Things Together buddy platform features in the project film made by Bryony Stokes for the AHRC Cardiff Festival https://vimeo.com/106588268 - and is available to wide audiences - it will also be available on the project website and project partner websites - and is the basis of a further collaboration and project bid with Voluntary Arts England (see collaborations section). 
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/mtt-digital-platform/
 
Title cocreating care artefacts/exhibition Dublin Castle 
Description A series of artefacts and pieces made by the CARE community group based in Dublin Castle; some of the pieces were digitally produced at the FabLab in Falmouth University in collaborative workshops with Falmouth staff and group representatives. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The work was exhibited the AHRC Connected Communities Cardiff Festival (July 2014) and members of the groups attended, ran demonstration workshops and contributed to a seminar discussion: total audience of whole event approximately 500+ people. Group members ran workshops in Dublin Castle, held an exhibition there and conducted guided tours, Audience approx. 300+ The project was co-funded by the Office of Public works in Dublin, and Craftspace working with Bealtaine Festival have featured the project on their respective websites, as its develops previous work in Rathfarnan Castle. Supporting groups to run small and social enterprises and this work contributes to the charities' on-going remit. http://www.craftspace.co.uk/page.asp?fn=2&id=99&stp=14&grp=2 The Director of Craftspace and Dr Hackney are contributing a chapter on the project research and findings to forth coming book on the Craft Economy (see published outcomes section) 
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/co-creating-heritage-dublin/
 
Title cocreating care artefacts: exhibition Soho House Museum 
Description A series of artefacts - Bespoke souvenirs - made by CARE participants at Soho House Birmingham and Falmouth University MakerNow FabLab. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Group members and Craftspace (project partner) attended the AHRC Connected Communities Festival in Cardiff (July 2014) and exhibited the pieces made during the project to an audience of the public, academics, community groups and third sector partners. They also ran and contributed to a seminar/workshop explaining the work and methodology used in the project and reflecting on its impact. (1000+ people for total event) The pieces were also exhibited in July 2014 at Soho House Museum, Birmingham, in an exhibition and event organised by CARE partner Craftspace attended by 500+ people in the locality (the public, museum professionals, charities, crafts practitioners) http://www.scribd.com/doc/237649181/Co-creating-Craft-A1-panels-final-pdf- details of the event are available on the CARE and the Craftspace websites. The curatorial director at Soho House, Rachel West and Dr Hackney will be giving a paper to academics as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network event (January 2015). (to 100 plus academics and community heritage partners) Soho House were so impressed by the pieces produced by the group that they have offered free space for the group to meet regularly to develop their work, and the opportunity to sell pieces in the Museum shop. The group have also contributed to related CARE project - Craftivist Garden #wellmaking exploring wellbeing through craft- facilitating a series of workshops http://projects.falmouth.ac.uk/craftivistgarden/category/sohohouse/. These are tangible outcomes that Dr Hackney and CARE partners, Craftspace and Voluntary arts will be exploring in a subsequent project bid that aims to test and extend the reach of this social/economic model of community making/engagement in collaboration FabLabs and heritage sites and museums. Qualitative interviews with participants revealed significant improvements in health and wellbeing as a result of their involvement in the project, also evidenced by continued engagement with project activities after funding period ends. 
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/co-creating-heritage/
 
Title cocreating care cardiff festival film 
Description This film by Bryony Stokes tells the story of the CARE project through the words and images of community participants, researchers, community partners, shows objects and describes activities undertaken during the project, and participants responses to these. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact This film has only just been released (a few weeks ago) it is available on vimeo but will be posted on the project website, related AHRC websites and show at relevant conferences and community events, and linked to partner and collaborator websites. 
URL https://vimeo.com/106588268
 
Title cocreting care (P1) Hannah Maughan Digital Lace 
Description A collection of technical development samples made by Falmouth Senior Lecturer in Textile Design, Hannah Maughan, exploring methods of creating lace-like fabrics through digital embroidery 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The work was included in the AHRC Connected Communities Edinburgh Showcase (July 2013) attended by academics, community partners, third sector agencies and the public; 1000 people +. Hannah Maughan attended the event and explained the project to attendees. The work was also featured in a series of project films, which are available on the CARE project website and have also been archived and are available to a wide public through the Connecting Communities Media digital platform (see link below). This work was also exhibited as part of the Pop Up exhibition accompanying the All Makers Now conference at Falmouth University (July 2014) http://www.autonomatic.org.uk/allmakersnow/project/hannah-maughan/ attended by craftspeople, practitioners, academics and members of the public,: 200+ 
URL http://ccmc.commedia.org.uk/resource/hannah-and-barbara-buddy-meeting/
 
Description The research examined the potential and value of collaborative creative making (sewing, knitting activities etc.) as a means of promoting co-creation and building assets and agency in, through and across community groups. A range of different approaches to co-creation were developed and assessed with community partners, including making and storytelling (the Storytelling Sewing Circle), embroidery as a mode of collective ethnography, digital fabrication and living heritage. The resulting portfolio of 'CARE co-creation practices' are being employed by researchers, community partners and stakeholders to promote engagement and community agency in a range of different areas, including health and wellbeing (for older and younger communities), sustainability and dress, heritage and makerspaces.
Exploitation Route The research team are working with stakeholders, community partners and other academics to take the research forward in a number of key areas, including academic research project bids and publications, and engagement activities. A central focus is working with international partners (academic and non academic). Current project bids include: 1) To explore co-creative making as a means to engage communities in developing new approaches to fashion and sustainability, with academics at Exeter University (policy and sustainability) and partners: Fashion Revolution, People Tree and others 2) European bid with colleagues at Brighton University and European partners, exploring social design through co-creative digital making with young people suffering depression, anxiety, EDs, OCD 3) Community partners Craftspace and Voluntary Arts are working with the PI and project researchers to scale up engagement activities and explore cocreation methodologies with an extended range of third sector organisations: heritage sites, community arts groups, makers spaces, recycling organisations and SMEs in the UK and Europe. 4) x 2 Follow on Funding bids to AHRC Connected Communities (successful) and AHRC Cultural Value (awaiting decision). 5) Catalyst bid (awaiting decision)
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://projects.falmouth.ac.uk/craftivistgarden/
 
Description Findings have resulted in a methodology for community engagement for social inclusion through material making, which has, and is, being employed/developed with community partners, stakeholders and a range of academic partners in a number of ways, including engagement events, and further funded participatory research projects. These focus on a range of areas from mental health to heritage. Findings and projects have been written up in peer reviewed academic publications and in publications for the general public. The research project additionally has resulted in strong and ongoing collaborations with third sector and community partners at a national, and going forward, international level with projects being developed with partners in Europe and India.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Design Days workshop EU Parliament Brussels
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Influenced community engagement practice in museums
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact There was a transference of creative methodology to the museum practitioner at Soho House Museum in Birmingham who has since developed the confidence to devise a community engagement project with a local prison.
URL http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/soho
 
Description Protopolitics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://imagination.lancs.ac.uk/activities/ProtoPolicy
 
Description Training workshops and online materials delivered to arts for health practitioners in the South West
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This is part of a series of knowledge exhcange workshops developed by Sarah Desmarais in collaboration with Arts for Health Cornwall and Falmouth University which explore the outcomes of her doctoral study about crafts, health and wellbeing with arts for health practitioners in the south west. The workshops focus on issues such as crafts praxis, the therapeutic values of crafts; new approaches to evaluation; they are developed from detailed ethnographic work with crafts for health groups. There are 6 workshops for around 15 people (so reaching around 80 arts for health practitioners); outcomes from the workshops will also be available in digital form from the arts for health website, ensuring a much wider reach throughout the South West and nationally.
URL http://www.artsforhealthcornwall.org.uk/events-booking?event_id=35
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Festival
Amount £9,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 12/2015
 
Description AHRC exclusion call
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 04/2020
 
Description Connected Communities Catalyst Funding
Amount £3,600 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description Connected Communities Festival 2016: Community Futures and Utopias.
Amount £20,000 (GHS)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description Falmouth University internal funds
Amount £9,000 (GBP)
Organisation Falmouth University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 09/2016
 
Description PROTOPUBLICS AHRC social design sprint workshop
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 09/2016
 
Description Research Grant, Follow-on Funding Impact & Eng
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/P009638/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Title Creative artwork - praxinscope 
Description A praxinoscope was co-produced as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Festival 2016: Community Futures and Utopias. Making-Centric: Community Co-speculation Prototyping Future Thinking as Living Heritage research project. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We found that the physical praxinoscope acted effectively as a visual story telling device used by co-producers/participants and researchers to recount and relate their perspectives on Utopia and Dystopia. This form of low tech animation created an engaging focus for people to communicate, it actively stimulated conversation through 'doing' and participating in an activity. The collective nature of its creation and ownership meant that all participants in the project were able to tell the collective stories. 
URL https://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/maker-centric-2016/film/
 
Title Maker-Centric Method 
Description Maker-Centric Method: 'Maker-Centric Method' is a prototype toolkit that was co-produced with project participants in the Black Country and in Birmingham. It is based on participants experiences of place-based collaborative making and designed to synthesize common elements and a shared ethos, but also to be open to customisation by other groups and organisations. The 'messiness' of the Maker-Centric process reflected inherent complexities in communities and community working, and became the defining aspect of the project. We sought to chart a journey through and unravel a method from the 'mess', establishing a series of propositions, proposals and situations for making and thinking, and thinking through making, which have a sense of repetition and alterity. Finding key words and images that emerged during Maker-Centric, researchers noticed that words such as 'invite', 'map', 'place', 'support' can be read as verbs and nouns: doing and naming words, something that nicely encapsulates a method that is grounded in process (making/doing) and results in identifying (naming/understanding) new knowledge about participants and groups. Designed on a grid like a board-game the tool-kit can be cut-up, rearranged, and customised. It is intended to be playful, open-ended, and adaptable, to reflect the fact that working with and in communities is not linear, nor should it be. Following Grant Kester (2005: 2), researchers were mindful that conversation can serve as an important tool if 'reframed as an active, generative process that can help us speak and imagine beyond the limits of fixed identities and official discourse'. For Maker-Centric participants and researchers 'making in place', with all its associated activities and experiences, served as the reframing process that helped imagine alternative futures and identities in the community. In one participant's words, 'I come to be with others, they are like my family, we chat, make, gossip'. A series of key words: Invite, Share, Map etc and related images from the project provide an enabling process/structure that can be reconfigured in different ways by users, depending on their aims and needs. As such, the toolkit aims to move towards a community practice that builds upon rich, local, everyday practices, and can be adopted and adapted by those looking to foster projects in their communities. It provides a model for further reflexive work to be undertaken with the project groups, partners, researchers, and participants to use, modify, adapt and contribute to, in an ongoing iterative process of community knowledge generation. The toolkit also includes short films, examples of craft work, workshop blogs and other related materials including 3D printed objects and will be made available from stakeholder websites in addition to the project website. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The tool is still in development with partners Craftspace and Creative Black Country and is being tested with project participants in Birmingham at a workshop in Soho House Museum (March 2018). A strategy for ongoing dissemination and testing will be developed with project partners in Birmingham and the Black Country 
URL http://makercentric.wordpress.com
 
Description AHRC connected communities Edinburgh Festival 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Myself and the team created publicity materials in the form of a bespoke project film, pop up stand and printed materials; members of the team also attended the Festival and talked about the research project, its aims and findings to the general public, other academics, third sector organisations etc at the event.
Collaborator Contribution AHRC hosted the event and publicised it, and Craftspace Director took two days out of her busy schedule to attend the event, contribute to an AHRC publicity film, talk to the Festival audience and liaise with craft organisations in Scotland (Craft Scotland, Voluntary Arts Scotland etc.)
Impact outputs include: project pop up stand, project film, printed project materials - all of which are listed in the engagement section page on Falmouth University website and related PR Publications - article in 'engage 33 the international journal of visual art and gallery education
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC connected communities Edinburgh Festival 
Organisation Craftspace
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Myself and the team created publicity materials in the form of a bespoke project film, pop up stand and printed materials; members of the team also attended the Festival and talked about the research project, its aims and findings to the general public, other academics, third sector organisations etc at the event.
Collaborator Contribution AHRC hosted the event and publicised it, and Craftspace Director took two days out of her busy schedule to attend the event, contribute to an AHRC publicity film, talk to the Festival audience and liaise with craft organisations in Scotland (Craft Scotland, Voluntary Arts Scotland etc.)
Impact outputs include: project pop up stand, project film, printed project materials - all of which are listed in the engagement section page on Falmouth University website and related PR Publications - article in 'engage 33 the international journal of visual art and gallery education
Start Year 2013
 
Description Beyond The Toolkit: Understanding & Evaluating Crafts Praxis for Health and Wellbeing 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution PI Dr Hackney and colleagues at Falmouth University brought their expertise and contacts within academia and practice-based research to a collaborative project with Arts for Health Cornwall, which disseminated research from the AHRC CDA exploring and evaluating crafts praxis for health and wellbeing and brought a new network of academics, arts for health practitioners and practice-based researchers together to share knowledge, information, and ideas through presentations, art media, practice-based workshops. Facilities and equipment at Falmouth University (AIR Sandpit, Lecture Theatre and breakout spaces) and media equipment and expertise (to film presentations and make a film about the practice-based workshops (see engagement section - films and website) .
Collaborator Contribution Arts for Health Cornwall disseminated the event within their networks helping to attract an audience of local health professionals and arts for health practitioners. They contributed to the exhibition, showcasing arts/crafts for health project materials and helped to introduce and host workshops. Jayne Howard, Director Arts for Health Cornwall gave a presentation at the event, and staff attended and contributed to workshops. The event features on the Arts for Health website and has been disseminated through their networks. AHRC provided funding and promoted the project on various platforms and websites and through social media.
Impact Exhibition Website and digital resource - includes filmed talks, film about the project and its websites and information about speakers (see URL above) Craftivist Garden #wellmaking activist project exploring wellbeing through craft (see further collaborations sections). Various articles in Arts for Health Cornwall Publications and on website (see engagement section). Disciplines involved include: crafts practice, arts for health, design studies.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Beyond The Toolkit: Understanding & Evaluating Crafts Praxis for Health and Wellbeing 
Organisation Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution PI Dr Hackney and colleagues at Falmouth University brought their expertise and contacts within academia and practice-based research to a collaborative project with Arts for Health Cornwall, which disseminated research from the AHRC CDA exploring and evaluating crafts praxis for health and wellbeing and brought a new network of academics, arts for health practitioners and practice-based researchers together to share knowledge, information, and ideas through presentations, art media, practice-based workshops. Facilities and equipment at Falmouth University (AIR Sandpit, Lecture Theatre and breakout spaces) and media equipment and expertise (to film presentations and make a film about the practice-based workshops (see engagement section - films and website) .
Collaborator Contribution Arts for Health Cornwall disseminated the event within their networks helping to attract an audience of local health professionals and arts for health practitioners. They contributed to the exhibition, showcasing arts/crafts for health project materials and helped to introduce and host workshops. Jayne Howard, Director Arts for Health Cornwall gave a presentation at the event, and staff attended and contributed to workshops. The event features on the Arts for Health website and has been disseminated through their networks. AHRC provided funding and promoted the project on various platforms and websites and through social media.
Impact Exhibition Website and digital resource - includes filmed talks, film about the project and its websites and information about speakers (see URL above) Craftivist Garden #wellmaking activist project exploring wellbeing through craft (see further collaborations sections). Various articles in Arts for Health Cornwall Publications and on website (see engagement section). Disciplines involved include: crafts practice, arts for health, design studies.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Connected Communities Cardiff Festival 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team, partners (Voluntary Arts, Craftspace) and representatives from community groups attended the AHRC Connected Communities Festival at Cardiff, developed print materials for a stand and exhibition, ran practice-based workshops and events, including an off site performance 'Killing Time' at the Norwegian Church (see engagement section). They also launched a new activist project Craftivist Garden #wellmaking.
Collaborator Contribution AHRC produced two films promoting the event, both of which featured the Co-Producing CARE and Craftivist Garden projects, they also promoted the event nationally and locally and hosted a research day for a number of research projects exploring coproduction methods and methodologies to present and share learning.
Impact - exhibition materials; printed publicity; workshops and related materials, craft artefacts; performance - all in engagement etc sections disciplines: arts and humanities; arts for health;
Start Year 2013
 
Description Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Department Connected Communities Heritage Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution PI Dr Hackney was invited to join this network and has attended meetings, a conference workshop and will be giving a paper a the networks forthcoming conference in January 2015 and contributing to the subsequent publication.
Collaborator Contribution The Connected Communities Heritage Network hosts a site for Connected Communities heritage projects and provides opportunities for academics, museums, galleries and heritage sites involved in community engagement projects to come together, discuss current issues, network, and showcase projects and ideas.
Impact Paper at forthcoming conference and related publication (see published outcomes)
Start Year 2013
 
Description Connected Communities London Showcase 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Myself and members of the team created project materials (a pop up banner and hanging) developed a workshop about everyday activism, crafting and health in collaboration with our partner, Arts for Health Cornwall, delivered the workshop at the London Showcase, led discussions with the workshop audience and participated in other project workshops and events, attended lectures etc.
Collaborator Contribution The AHRC funded the production of materials and costs for the team and partner to attend the London event, publicised the event on their digital platforms, made a film about the event, which is shown on their online platforms, which included an interview with our partner Jayne Howard, Director Arts for Health Cornwall. Howard contributed two days of her time to attend and participate in the workshop and related activities.
Impact Workshop and related materials - in engagement section Falmouth University webpage - in engagement section Multidisciplinary within the arts and humanities: arts for health, crafts, design history. Pages in Arts for Health annual reports/newsletters/website circulated to the arts for health network of health and arts practitioners in the South West - in engagement section
Start Year 2013
 
Description Connected Communities London Showcase 
Organisation Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Myself and members of the team created project materials (a pop up banner and hanging) developed a workshop about everyday activism, crafting and health in collaboration with our partner, Arts for Health Cornwall, delivered the workshop at the London Showcase, led discussions with the workshop audience and participated in other project workshops and events, attended lectures etc.
Collaborator Contribution The AHRC funded the production of materials and costs for the team and partner to attend the London event, publicised the event on their digital platforms, made a film about the event, which is shown on their online platforms, which included an interview with our partner Jayne Howard, Director Arts for Health Cornwall. Howard contributed two days of her time to attend and participate in the workshop and related activities.
Impact Workshop and related materials - in engagement section Falmouth University webpage - in engagement section Multidisciplinary within the arts and humanities: arts for health, crafts, design history. Pages in Arts for Health annual reports/newsletters/website circulated to the arts for health network of health and arts practitioners in the South West - in engagement section
Start Year 2013
 
Description Craftivist Garden #wellmaking 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team at Falmouth University have contributed intellectual and design input to the project, devising and writing project materials, writing a project bid and receiving funding from AHRC connected communities (£10,000), facilitating workshops, employing extensive networks throughout the crafts and contributing to social media, developing a project website and keeping an active blog, ensuring that the project confirms to ethical standards in accordance with Falmouth University agreed ethics policy. Administrative support liaising with facilitators across the country and organising the final project event; graphics and visual input with experts designing print materials and installation. Attract a high profile steering committee and a media champion, BBC presenter Kirsty Wark.
Collaborator Contribution The partners brought their established record within arts for health, crafts activism and high profile on social media to help write and promote the project, helping to get media interest in the project (see outputs engagement sections: WI Life, Knitting magazine etc). They have also helped to facilitate groups and have provided face to face and telephone and online support to facilitators across the country. Arts for Health Cornwall has been instrumental in brining their active network of arts for health practitioners and contacts to participate in the project and raise its profile in the arts for health community. They have also published articles about the project and disseminated it on their website and in their regular booklets/newsletters and the Director Jayne Howard will speak at the final event. AHRC have supported the project by awarding funding, promoting it on social media, and on various research platforms, and by contributing to the final event. The project was initially launched at the AHRC Connected Communities Cardiff Festival and AHRC made a number of promotional films which feature the project (see engagement section)Voluntary Arts have contributed funding to support facilitated groups that they have brought into the project and promoted it on their website. Daniel Carpenter for Voluntary Arts attended the London launch, the Cardiff Festival, and the final event, has promoted the project amongst VAE networks and featured it on the VAE website.
Impact A number of articles: WI Life, Knitting magazines etc, which are listed in the engagement section in the portfolio The team were invited to Made By Hand, Cardiff to present a talk about the project and run a workshop (see engagement section) The team will produce a booklet for all participants, which will explain the project and its findings in an accessible way and encourage community groups and individuals to continue it beyond the project deadline (January 2015) The project appears on partner websites (VA/AFHC/AHRC/CC) and is featured in regular newsletters. AHRC films (x 2) promoting the Connected Communities programme (see engagement section) The team will host a final event in January 2015 with key invited speakers in the areas of crafts and arts for health. All project research data will be archived on FURR Falmouth University online archival site.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Craftivist Garden #wellmaking 
Organisation Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team at Falmouth University have contributed intellectual and design input to the project, devising and writing project materials, writing a project bid and receiving funding from AHRC connected communities (£10,000), facilitating workshops, employing extensive networks throughout the crafts and contributing to social media, developing a project website and keeping an active blog, ensuring that the project confirms to ethical standards in accordance with Falmouth University agreed ethics policy. Administrative support liaising with facilitators across the country and organising the final project event; graphics and visual input with experts designing print materials and installation. Attract a high profile steering committee and a media champion, BBC presenter Kirsty Wark.
Collaborator Contribution The partners brought their established record within arts for health, crafts activism and high profile on social media to help write and promote the project, helping to get media interest in the project (see outputs engagement sections: WI Life, Knitting magazine etc). They have also helped to facilitate groups and have provided face to face and telephone and online support to facilitators across the country. Arts for Health Cornwall has been instrumental in brining their active network of arts for health practitioners and contacts to participate in the project and raise its profile in the arts for health community. They have also published articles about the project and disseminated it on their website and in their regular booklets/newsletters and the Director Jayne Howard will speak at the final event. AHRC have supported the project by awarding funding, promoting it on social media, and on various research platforms, and by contributing to the final event. The project was initially launched at the AHRC Connected Communities Cardiff Festival and AHRC made a number of promotional films which feature the project (see engagement section)Voluntary Arts have contributed funding to support facilitated groups that they have brought into the project and promoted it on their website. Daniel Carpenter for Voluntary Arts attended the London launch, the Cardiff Festival, and the final event, has promoted the project amongst VAE networks and featured it on the VAE website.
Impact A number of articles: WI Life, Knitting magazines etc, which are listed in the engagement section in the portfolio The team were invited to Made By Hand, Cardiff to present a talk about the project and run a workshop (see engagement section) The team will produce a booklet for all participants, which will explain the project and its findings in an accessible way and encourage community groups and individuals to continue it beyond the project deadline (January 2015) The project appears on partner websites (VA/AFHC/AHRC/CC) and is featured in regular newsletters. AHRC films (x 2) promoting the Connected Communities programme (see engagement section) The team will host a final event in January 2015 with key invited speakers in the areas of crafts and arts for health. All project research data will be archived on FURR Falmouth University online archival site.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Craftivist Garden #wellmaking 
Organisation Craftivist Collective
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team at Falmouth University have contributed intellectual and design input to the project, devising and writing project materials, writing a project bid and receiving funding from AHRC connected communities (£10,000), facilitating workshops, employing extensive networks throughout the crafts and contributing to social media, developing a project website and keeping an active blog, ensuring that the project confirms to ethical standards in accordance with Falmouth University agreed ethics policy. Administrative support liaising with facilitators across the country and organising the final project event; graphics and visual input with experts designing print materials and installation. Attract a high profile steering committee and a media champion, BBC presenter Kirsty Wark.
Collaborator Contribution The partners brought their established record within arts for health, crafts activism and high profile on social media to help write and promote the project, helping to get media interest in the project (see outputs engagement sections: WI Life, Knitting magazine etc). They have also helped to facilitate groups and have provided face to face and telephone and online support to facilitators across the country. Arts for Health Cornwall has been instrumental in brining their active network of arts for health practitioners and contacts to participate in the project and raise its profile in the arts for health community. They have also published articles about the project and disseminated it on their website and in their regular booklets/newsletters and the Director Jayne Howard will speak at the final event. AHRC have supported the project by awarding funding, promoting it on social media, and on various research platforms, and by contributing to the final event. The project was initially launched at the AHRC Connected Communities Cardiff Festival and AHRC made a number of promotional films which feature the project (see engagement section)Voluntary Arts have contributed funding to support facilitated groups that they have brought into the project and promoted it on their website. Daniel Carpenter for Voluntary Arts attended the London launch, the Cardiff Festival, and the final event, has promoted the project amongst VAE networks and featured it on the VAE website.
Impact A number of articles: WI Life, Knitting magazines etc, which are listed in the engagement section in the portfolio The team were invited to Made By Hand, Cardiff to present a talk about the project and run a workshop (see engagement section) The team will produce a booklet for all participants, which will explain the project and its findings in an accessible way and encourage community groups and individuals to continue it beyond the project deadline (January 2015) The project appears on partner websites (VA/AFHC/AHRC/CC) and is featured in regular newsletters. AHRC films (x 2) promoting the Connected Communities programme (see engagement section) The team will host a final event in January 2015 with key invited speakers in the areas of crafts and arts for health. All project research data will be archived on FURR Falmouth University online archival site.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Craftivist Garden #wellmaking 
Organisation Voluntary Arts Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team at Falmouth University have contributed intellectual and design input to the project, devising and writing project materials, writing a project bid and receiving funding from AHRC connected communities (£10,000), facilitating workshops, employing extensive networks throughout the crafts and contributing to social media, developing a project website and keeping an active blog, ensuring that the project confirms to ethical standards in accordance with Falmouth University agreed ethics policy. Administrative support liaising with facilitators across the country and organising the final project event; graphics and visual input with experts designing print materials and installation. Attract a high profile steering committee and a media champion, BBC presenter Kirsty Wark.
Collaborator Contribution The partners brought their established record within arts for health, crafts activism and high profile on social media to help write and promote the project, helping to get media interest in the project (see outputs engagement sections: WI Life, Knitting magazine etc). They have also helped to facilitate groups and have provided face to face and telephone and online support to facilitators across the country. Arts for Health Cornwall has been instrumental in brining their active network of arts for health practitioners and contacts to participate in the project and raise its profile in the arts for health community. They have also published articles about the project and disseminated it on their website and in their regular booklets/newsletters and the Director Jayne Howard will speak at the final event. AHRC have supported the project by awarding funding, promoting it on social media, and on various research platforms, and by contributing to the final event. The project was initially launched at the AHRC Connected Communities Cardiff Festival and AHRC made a number of promotional films which feature the project (see engagement section)Voluntary Arts have contributed funding to support facilitated groups that they have brought into the project and promoted it on their website. Daniel Carpenter for Voluntary Arts attended the London launch, the Cardiff Festival, and the final event, has promoted the project amongst VAE networks and featured it on the VAE website.
Impact A number of articles: WI Life, Knitting magazines etc, which are listed in the engagement section in the portfolio The team were invited to Made By Hand, Cardiff to present a talk about the project and run a workshop (see engagement section) The team will produce a booklet for all participants, which will explain the project and its findings in an accessible way and encourage community groups and individuals to continue it beyond the project deadline (January 2015) The project appears on partner websites (VA/AFHC/AHRC/CC) and is featured in regular newsletters. AHRC films (x 2) promoting the Connected Communities programme (see engagement section) The team will host a final event in January 2015 with key invited speakers in the areas of crafts and arts for health. All project research data will be archived on FURR Falmouth University online archival site.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Extended and new partnerships 
Organisation Sandwell College
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Following on from CARE our community partner Craftspace was able to develop an extended project with Soho House Museum and a new partnership with Fab Lab West Bromwich in Sandwell College. Craftspace's contribution was to bring community participants to the Fab Lab at a point where it had been set up but could not demonstrate any genuine involvement by communities.
Collaborator Contribution The Fab Lab provided the expertise, knowledge and access to tech required to fulfil our research objectives building digital skills and capacity in community participants aged 50+.
Impact communities have been up skilled in digital skills new prototypes have been manufactured individuals now use the fab lab regularly, have become part of its community the community organisation Craftspace continues to build on its relationship with the Fab Lab using it as a collaborative resource to develop contemporary craft in the West Midlands artworks for sale have been created by participants continuing to use the Fab Lab
Start Year 2016
 
Description Making ThingsVoluntary Arts 
Organisation Voluntary Arts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This partnership, which has resulted in a bid for a new project called 'Making Things' (submitted to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation with view to starting Summer 2015) develops practice-based research activities involved in the second phase of the CARE project, which developed a 'buddy platform' for Making Things Together (cocreating CARE phase 2); a form of digital 'craftfriends' which enabled individuals to become part of an 'intimate online community' and share their crafting work, thoughts and ideas through text and images (a combination of an online diary and penfriend). These are discussed more fully in the paper and subsequent article developed for Utrech Conference and Journal of Arts and Communities (see publications section). Dr Hackney and Falmouth University team will provide the digital input and assist with community engagement expertise when working with community groups, drawing also on experience with local radio and community engagement via the AHRC-funded Community appropriated research model (CARM) project Grant Ref: AH/J006688/1
Collaborator Contribution Voluntary Arts will use the research findings and lessons learned from the Making Things Together platform and combine this with the outcomes/research findings for their 'Hand on Crafts' research project (http://www.voluntaryarts.org/take-part/hand-on-crafts/), adapting them for a wider intergenerational audience and also partnering up with BBC local radio stations across the country. Creative ways to integrate evaluation will be designed into the project and will be integral to the use of the online platform and link up with local radio. Daniel Carpenter from Voluntary Arts has written the bid, with input from Dr Hackney where relevant.
Impact - Making Things - a two year project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Trust - bid submitted, awaiting final review, but first stage accepted (details will be entered on the appropriate section of this form if the final bid is successful) (see also artistic and creative products section of this form) Multi-disciplinary collaboration within arts and humanities, combining research from creative arts practice, community engagement, digital design with networks, research and reach of a third sector organisation.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Soho House Museum 
Organisation Soho House Museum
PI Contribution We have worked with Soho House on a number of occasions (including the CARE project) and they are a close collaborator with Craftspace which has worked hard to connect community groups with this important local heritage resource (home of Matthew Boulton, Soho works and decorative metalworking etc.) which is located in Handsworth, an ethnically diverse area with areas of deprivation. As such, Soho House is a unique place for exploring, connecting with and interpreting the region's rich craft and manufacturing heritage from a range of perspectives
Collaborator Contribution Soho House provides a unique heritage space for community groups to work in and connect with the region's internationally significant craft and manufacturing heritage. In this project it hosted the knowledge exchange event, December 2017, which community groups, participants, stakeholders and researchers fully appreciated.
Impact Knowledge exchange event dec 2017 reaching 60 plus people
Start Year 2017
 
Description WellMaking 
Organisation University of Brighton
Department Community-University Partnership Programme
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have worked with Nick Gant and his team at University of Brighton and Community 21 to host and run a number of events in Brussels, at Making Futures in Plymouth, and at the Wellcome Institute in London exploring the design and making in community fabrication labs (in the broadest sense) as a means of promoting health and wellbeing, an approach that we term 'wellmaking'. We are currently working on two special issues journal proposals (for the Journal of Applied Arts for Health and Design Journal) with articles exploring this topic from a range of perspectives including design, craft, social sciences, and health,
Collaborator Contribution Nick Gant at University of Brighton works extensively with local government and councils in the South East and elsewhere using design approaches to promote engagement and he brings this expertise to our work on health. Nick is particularly engaged with maker spaces and place, whereas I work principally with ideas of making process.
Impact 1) Wellmaking at the Wellcome Catalyst funded event in November 2017 - symposium/workshop bringing 25 or so academics, designers, makers, health professionals from Wolverhampton, Brighton and London together to present ideas, discuss and prototype approaches to health and wellbeing through making. 2) Making Futures Plymouth September 2017: Jointly hosted and ran two day workshop with peer reviewed presentations exploring creative making, design, crafts as a means of promoting health and wellbeing. This was on of the four/five conference strands. 3) Brussels - annual design event EU Design 2016 - Jointly ran interactive workshop exploring a range of approaches to promoting health and wellbeing through hand making and digital means
Start Year 2016
 
Description craftspace 
Organisation Craftspace
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution These funds refer to funds brought in for an engagement collaboration between Craftspace and Prof Hackney, and a research student at Wolverhampton University for the AHRC Utopias Festival which will take place at Somerset House London summer 2016. Craftspace were the PI on the project proposal and the funds received will support community workshops in Birmingham in collaboration with local Makerspaces, community groups and community heritage organisations (Soho House for instance). Myself and my student will contribute to the project by being involved in the workshops and working with the community groups and artist to produce art works that will be displayed at the Utopian fair. I will also help draft the final project report, contribute to the website and dissemination activities and together with the director of Craftspace write up the research findings for a peer reviewed academic publication and various outputs/publications for the general public.
Collaborator Contribution Craftspace are PI on the project and using their network, contacts and expertise with, artists and designers and within the local community with community groups, to help establish partners (local designers and communities) participants and workshop space to undertake the project and produce art works/prototypes to help creativity engage local communities with both heritage spaces and Makerspaces. Craftspace will additionally support the ethical dimensions of the project and help disseminate project findings through their website (and the project website) and their networks (regional, national and international). The methodology used is developed from the AHRC Co-Producing CARE project AH/K006789/1 which Prof Hackney and her team worked with Craftspace as a Community CO-I and this project takes that working relationship another step forward to test the methodology and make a follow up funding bid to test it in an international context.
Impact 2014-15: Dr Hackney P.I. (£10,000) #wellMAKING: Craftivist Garden: July 2013 - January 2014: working with Arts for Health Cornwall, Voluntary Arts England and Craftivist Collective, this AHR-funded activist project raises consciousness about craft and wellbeing and was developed from the Beyond the Tookit Symposium (below). It is nationwide and will conclude with an event in London. http://projects.falmouth.ac.uk/craftivistgarden/ 2014: July 1-2: Connected Communities Festival, Cardiff. Dr Hackney P.I. project researchers and community partners received funding (£44,323.00) to run a series of events and breakout workshops including: Crafts Bazaar installation; two breakout workshops; films; posters and graphics; 'Killing Time' performance (music and knitters) and Craftivist Garden #wellmaking launch (see above): http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/content/falmouth-explores-creativity-and-connected-communities-cardiff-festival 2014: Beyond the Toolkit: Understanding & Evaluating Crafts Praxis for Health and Wellbeing, 19-20 February, Falmouth University: AHRC-funded Supplementary Knowledge Exchange/Dissemination Event (£10,000);a collaboration between Arts for Health, Cornwall and Falmouth University to explore the benefits of craft and creative making for health and well-being. The Symposium included national and international speakers, workshops led by creative practitioners and an exhibition of work by community groups in a range of arts for health settings. http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/research-case-studies/beyond-the-toolkit 2013: Dr Fiona Hackney and colleagues received funding (£12,025.50) to run a workshop, create a film and exhibition materials as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Showcase events in London: 'Crafting Communities: The Politics of Making, Craft, Participatory Engagement, Health and Wellbeing' at AHRC Connected Communities Showcase Event, London 12-13 March. : http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Watch-and-Listen/Pages/Connected-Communities-Showcase-Event.aspx and Edinburgh: Co-producing CARE: Community asset-based research & enterprise: Dr Fiona Hackney, Deidre Figereido Craftspace, Hannah Maughan, Bryony Stokes. http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Events/Pages/Connected-Communities-Edinburgh-Showcase.aspx 2013-2014: Co-producing CARE: Community Asset-based Research & Enterprise, AHRC standard application (£125,000). Dr. Hackney P.I. Bid in collaboration with Northumbria University and Craftspace, Birmingham, follows Connected Communities Summit 'CAREful or CAREless? Collaborative Making and Social Engagement through Craft', Engage 33: Special issue on Critical Craft, December 2013 pp. 23-37. Peer reviewed Single authored article for online and print publication developed from research for AHRC-funded project: http://cocreatingcare@wordpress.com Hackney, Fiona & Deirdre Figueiredo' 'Better Together': Co-Creating Living Heritage, Community Assets & Enterprise'. Chapter for The Craft Economy: Makers, Markets and Meaning, edited collection Bloomsbury Academic: Dr Nicola Thomas & Professor Susan Luckman. Developed from paper for AHRC-Heritage Connected Communities Heritage Network Conference. www.heritagenetwork.dmu.ac.uk Disciplines: craft and social design practice; design history; heritage;
Start Year 2013
 
Description 'Make do and Mend' magazine article WI Life 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This in-depth article by Rin Hamburgh addressed questions/issues about how crafting and creative making can improve health and wellbeing. It cites relevant studies and foregrounds and range of case studies, and includes quotes from Dr Fiona Hackney, Sarah Desmarais (citing her doctoral research at Falmouth University), the Co-producing CARE project and Craftivist Garden #wellmaking (Sarah Corbett Craftivist Collective).

Written in an accessible way for Women's Institute readers, the article foregrounds therapeutic crafting, provides statistics and information about qualitative studies (including our current projects), disseminating these to the extensive membership of the National Federation of Women's Institutes (with a circulation of 205,000) who work on a wide range of community and charity projects across the country and outside the UK. Additionally, the article features on Falmouth University's Craftivist Garden #wellmaking website and on partner Craftivist Collective's site and has circulated through social media, specifically on the #wellmaking twitter stream increasing project reach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://projects.falmouth.ac.uk/craftivistgarden/2014/10/14/make-mend-wi-life/
 
Description AHRC Utopias 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact -To engage diverse minority community groups and cultures in an urban suburb of Birmingham in the exploration of what utopia in the 21st century might mean for them in the context of hyper local concerns, needs, problems, debates.
-To utilise a local heritage site: Soho House Museum and its collection, as the lens through which to explore the past as a catalyst for future thinking.
-To use the theme of Utopia to explore co-creation through craft, making and material practice as a methodology for speculative design and future thinking.
-The build on existing Connected Communities research through a range of projects including Co-producing Care: Community Asset-Based Research & Enterprise (Grant ID: AH/K006789/1), which work with creative making, community heritage, archival storytelling, policy-making and design thinking.
-To explore how a network consisting of a museum, a maker space, a university and a third sector agency might work together to support community resilience, asset-building and agency, and consider how this model might be scaled up to increase impact.
-To explore ways of engaging people aged 50+ from diverse communities with new technologies and extending the potential user-base (age/gender/skills/ethnicities) for maker-spaces.
-To test the value of a community partner leading such projects, and explore the shared interests and mutual benefits of this approach for a practice-based, action-research model.
-To better understand how 'learning through doing' embeds community sharing, reflection, agency and work in distinctive ways creating a new sense of connectivity, value and enterprise, particularly for those in the second half of life?


Pathways to Impact: A sharing event before the Utopia Fair will involve local community development and policy makers. The written report and digital content will be disseminated via the Crafts Council UK, local development networks, the Local Enterprise Partnership, DCMS and the national heritage alliance. During the Utopia Fair we will invite Ed Vaisey minister for culture and DCMS officials, key influencers from Whitehall concerned with localism and our contacts at the British Council to see the outputs. We will: re-create the Utopia Fair stand, display object/s, creative activity and film screening in Soho House Museum for National Heritage Week - Birmingham Heritage Open Day between 8-11 September 2016, organise and host a one day Learning Lab at Soho House Museum involving participants, partners and invited influencers, collaborate with BOM (Birmingham Open Media) to present Utopia stand content at 'Maker Monday' on the last Monday of the month and set a design challenge around the themes of Utopia for the participating maker community. Craftspace is involved in European Erasmus project exploring migrant community craft enterprise and future models for integration. We contribute a paper to the Journal of Modern Craft and apply to the RSA for a catalyst grant.

Utopian Fair: We will produce content for a stand at the Utopia Fair comprising: curated display of co-created crafted objects, graphic designed panels displayed on a simple freestanding structure showcasing the process and outcomes. We will have a film which can be screened on our stand or as part of a programme. The artists and participants will be there each day to lead a drop-in participatory activity for visitors to engage them with the content of the stand and the ideas explored. This represents a creative and cultural response to the Utopia theme. The PI, C0-I will be responsible for setting up and the stand will be staffed by them and the ECR, artists and 4 community participants.
Engagement with 50 plus in Birmingham - maker spaces, general public, regional council, design professionals - and several hundred at London event in Somerset House - during the utopias fair.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Art as Research conference Wolverhampton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International conference Art as Research in Learning and Teaching conference. The presentation was given with my colleague Mah Rana who has been involved in a number of projects and events developed from CARE. We received some funds (£300) from Wolverhampton University to make a short film as part of the research presentation. The film has subsequently been accepted for the Crafts Council Reel to Reel Festival showcasing craft film and we are contributing a chapter to a published collection that has been developed from the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nafae.org.uk/events/art-research-learning-teaching
 
Description Arts for Health Learning through action and research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact This article in Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Journal 08 Summer 2014 and related articles on the Arts for Health website (see link below) disseminate research activities and thinking arising from a number of research activities related to Co-Producing CARE and associated projects (Beyond the Toolkit Symposium and Sarah Desmarais's CDA Research project about crafting and health) - http://www.artsforhealthcornwall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/AFHC_Journal_06.pdf
The article was written by Arts for Health Cornwall a project collaborator for CARE and partner for Beyond the Toolkit and Craftivist Garden #wellmaking (knowledge transfer/dissemination projects developing CARE reach).


Articles address the arts for health network of volunteers, arts for health practitioners and health professionals and artists, across Cornwall and South West and as such have significant impact within arts for health in the region. Sarah Desmarais and Arts for Health Cornwall will collaboratively develop a 'toolkit' through a series of workshops that are running with AFH artists and health professionals throughout 2014-15.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.artsforhealthcornwall.org.uk/projects/making-and-flourishing
 
Description Connecting Craft and Communities: Quiet Activism and Affective Making - workshop and printed materials London Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop, which was run by PI Dr Hackney, Jayne Howard, Director Arts for Health Cornwall, and Sarah Desmarais (current AHRC CDA Student at Falmouth University), and Mah Rana (London Met. and Headway East London) explored new approaches to crafting as a form of 'quiet activism' and social engagement. It drew on a cluster of projects exploring the value of community engagement through crafts, including cocreating CARE. The presentations were followed by lively discussion amongst academics, health professionals and community group representatives.
AHRC produced a film about the event which is on the Connected Communities website and also linked to Falmouth University website
http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Connected-Communities/Events/Pages/Connected-Communities-Showcase-Event.aspx
Resources: A pop up banner and wallhanging were produced as well as powerpoint, talks.

We were contacted by a number of audience members after the event who wanted to adopt the methodology for their creative arts for health projects and research. Dr Hackney and Sarah Desmarais reworked the presentation for a paper for health professionals and academics at the conference Well-being 2013, Birmingham City University, July 24 - 25 2013. The event was published and promoted on the Arts for Health Cornwall website and journal.
The resource materials (pop up, haning etc) has subsequentl
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/research-case-studies/ahrc-showcases-2013
 
Description Counterpoint Arts Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talks and interactive workshop hosted by Counterpoint Arts and Learning Lab Birmingham. Craftspace Director Deirdre Figuereido (co-I AHRC Cocreting CARE, talked about Shelanu a jewellery social enterprise that was has been involved in numerous events linked to the research project. Her talk was informed by research methodology developed in the project (specifically the notion of 'small stories' of making) which she developed and expanded for a different context, that of imaging the city through the small stories of craft activities that take place within it. Her talk was supported by the Swedish Embassy, Platform Arts, the refugee network, British Council and the National College of Art and design Ireland, all organisations involved in a future AHRC Follow on Funding bid, which is under development. The audience consisted of a mixture of local stakeholders, small businesses, designers, representatives from the local council and Birmingham's brand management, and other third sector organisations within the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://counterpointsarts.org.uk/event/the-value-in-making-crafting-memory-migration-and-storytelling...
 
Description Craftivist Garden #wellmaking Magazine article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article about the Craftivist Garden #wellmaking project in magazine Mollie Makes- which develops thinking/research from Co-producing CARE in an activist participatory context. Sarah Corbett from Craftivist Collective, one of our project partners, is featured here. The article sparked interest in the project and encouraged participants to get involved running facilitated workshops, contributing to the project app and the #wellmaking twitter stream. Mollie Makes has a wide reach in terms circulations -on and offline (in the hundreds of thousands).

Mollie Makes magazine commissioned crochet patterns to encourage crafters to get engaged with the project and help raise consciousness about crafting and health: http://www.molliemakes.com/search/craftivist+garden
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://craftivist-collective.com/wellmaking
 
Description Craftivist Garden Knitting Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This short article promoted the Craftivist Garden #wellmaking project which is a dissemination and knowledge sharing activist project designed to creativity engage participants throughout the country and raise consciousness about crafts and wellbeing. It was written by project advisore Katy Bevan (crafts advisor, consultancy, author, ex-Crafts Council).

Published in Knitting magazine a publication with in GMC publication and www.craftsintitute.com - the publication has a wide reach (many thousands) of readers, significantly increasing project reach and helping to get participants across the country involved in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://projects.falmouth.ac.uk/craftivistgarden/publicity/
 
Description EU Design Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This presentation, short film and interactive workshop considers how design thinking might address issues of young people's exclusion due to mental health issues, including EDs, OCD, depression and anxiety. It draws on practice-based research from a number of recently funded projects, which explore how collaborative creative practices such as hand crafts and digital activities can build assets, agency, resilience and increase wellbeing. Co-creating CARE (community asset-based research & enterprise), for instance, investigated how craft practices can promote community co-creation (https://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/the-project/), while ProtoPolicy used social design tools to engage older people with future thinking and link them to local politicians (http://imagination.lancs.ac.uk/activities/ProtoPolicy). Craftivist Garden #wellMAKING explored wellbeing through crafts activism (http://projects.falmouth.ac.uk/craftivistgarden/) and Community21 developed accessible digital tools to increase citizen participation (http://community21.org/casestudies/4770_young_digital_citizens).

The workshop is delivered in Brussels at the EU parliament as part of a 3 day event to promote and share the benefits of design for social change to EU parliament, international stakeholders and design professionals. The whole event was attended by several hundred people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.eudesigndays.eu/EUDD16
 
Description Exhibition Stand, printed publicity, workshop, films: Edinburgh Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project stand, print media and films disseminated knowledge about ongoing research to third sector organisations, members of the public and other academics working within the Connected Communities programme. The event helped raise the project profile and the workshop stimulated discussion about the distinct values of amateur creativity (knitting, sewing etc.) not only for community engagement but also for fostering community agency, consciousness raising and building community assets.
AHRC produced a film about the event that is on their website and also linked to the Falmouth University website. http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Events/Pages/Connected-Communities-Edinburgh-Showcase.aspx;
Project team present at Showcase
?Dr Fiona Hackney, Associate Professor Design Cultures & Community Engagement, Falmouth University: CARE principal investigator
?Deirdre Figueiredo, Director Craftspace, CARE Community Co-Researcher
?Hannah Maughan, Textile artist and researcher (Falmouth University)
?Bryony Stokes: Film and photography
Resources produced: Large project pop up stand with embedded TV screen; project films, printed materials (large post cards and project booklet); material artefacts made during the project.

Discussions and networking at the event led to contacts with third sector organisations (Voluntary Arts Scotland, for instance) and practice researchers and academics in other universities (such as Duncan Jordanson University, Dundee among others) which has led to subsequent research project bids and extended networks for disseminating project outputs with a national and international reach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/edinburgh-showcase/
 
Description Exhibition stand, workshops, films, print media, performance, activist project launch: Cardiff Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The wide range of events that we developed engaged the public and professionals on a number of levels, including: schoolchildren and teachers, representatives from charities and other third sector agencies, academics and community groups. The workshops sparked questions and discussion about craft as a means of community engagement and the participatory events on the exhibition stand got a event attendees from schoolchildren to academics to those representing charities, crafts, arts for health organisations, involved in collaborative sewing, knitting and printing activities and talking about the value of crafts for connecting, building creative communities, and reflecting on the meaning of wellbeing and crafting for health.
Media coverage included two films made by the AHRC - which are available from their website and also our project websites http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Watch-and-Listen/Pages/Connected-Communities-Festival-Cardiff-2014.aspx
Project partner Voluntary Arts Wales: Daniel Carpenter and composer Jobina Tinnemans, who worked with a group of amateur knitters to perform her innovative piece, 'Killing Time' at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay were interviewed on BBC Radio Wales.
Falmouth University produced a press release about the event which is on the University website. http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/content/falmouth-explores-creativity-and-connected-communities-cardiff-festival
Members of team present included: PI Dr Hackney, Community Co-I Craftspace Birmingham Director Deidre Figeiredo, Practice Researchers Hannah Maughan (Falmouth University), Bryony Stokes (Film), Irene Griffin (Falmouth University), Mary Loveday Edward (Care RA), Project Artist: Shane Waltener, Project Partner Daniel Carpenter, Voluntary Arts, Representatives from Community groups in Dublin, Birmingham and Falmouth.; project consultants: Sarah Corbett (Craftivist Collective), Katy Bevan. All present contributed to workshops, exhibition and events.
Resources produced: a collection of short films that were shown at the Festival and a film about the project at the Cardiff Festival has subsequently been produced; print media/poster disseminating information and images about the project, worked produced during it and links to project and related websites.


There have been a number of notable impacts from this event and from the project that led to it:
- current project partners (Crafspace and Voluntary Arts) and new potential partners that we met at the event (Somerset Arts Workshop) are developing further funding bids (with Paul Hamlyn Trust and AHRC) to develop and build on project research (methods and outcomes) testing these out on a larger scale, with new communities groups and partners (Real Ideas Organisation - RIO, for instance). These p
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://cocreatingcare.wordpress.com/cardiff-showcase/
 
Description Guardian article - The rise of mending: how Britain learned to repair clothes again 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This article was featured on theguardian.com as part of the series 'Live Better: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' - it spared off a lengthy online debates with 138 comments, and had a significant reach on social media (14,991 shares on facebook; 432 twitter, g=1: 67, inshare: 48). It helped raise consciousness and promote debate about the social and ecological value of mending and repairing. Although team members are not cited, Pippa Bray a project participant is featured and the article begins with quotes from her.

Guardian online has an extensive audience and while the CARE project was not mentioned by name, the quotes from Pippa Bray made an important contribution to raising the profile of the value of mending and repair. The subsequent online discussion/comments demonstrate consciousness raising amongst Gaudian readers and changed views about the value and importance of make-do-and-mend in relation to issues about ethical clothing, sustainability and waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/19/the-rise-of-mending-how-britain-learned-to-repai...
 
Description Invited paper: CraftNET: Bovey Tracey: Dr Fiona Hackney & Julia Twomlow. 'In Intimate Moments People Shade their Eyes'. Connecting Craft and Place, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk sparked questions and discussions and I networked with craftspeople, educators, curators and key individuals working for the Crafts Council.

I have been invited to speak at subsequent events. I met the editor of Ceramic Review, the journal of the Crafts Potters Association and an important publication in the field, and have written a number of reviews for the magazine through 2014 and have been invited to write feature articles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.crafts.org.uk/home.aspx
 
Description Made By Hand Cardiff, workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The workshop that we facilitated involved creative making and stimulated critical thinking and questioning around issues of crafting health and wellbeing. The organisation invited the project PI Dr Hackney to talk and run a workshop with project collaborator Sarah Corbett (Craftivist Collective) and project partner Daniel Carpenter (Voluntary Arts Wales). The event received coverage in the local press, and on crafts websites and a publication about the event was produced and circulated to all attendees.

After the workshop all participants contributed their work and thoughts to the project website and a number asked to run their own facilitated workshops with social care, health charities, students in higher education etc. and have asked for project packs to be sent to them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://projects.falmouth.ac.uk/craftivistgarden/
 
Description Mapping Social Design Research and Pracitce 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This activity has provoked discussion within the research community and also in the wider press.

Promoted contact with colleagues in Social Design and raised the profile of the project, and related projects in the design community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://mappingsocialdesign.org/2014/04/16/speculative-design-brief-response-4/
 
Description Soundwaves 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event will bring together community groups in St Ives and west Cornwall with the Falmouth University team, project partners and local community radio stations for a weekend of discussion about 'community voices and stories', past and present. It aims to explore how oral history recordings might be used to create sound art events/radio programmes. Introducing participants to the rich resources, skills and support available through our partners and in collaboration with Falmouth University, the workshops also aim to involve them in 'imaginative acts'; creative ways of re-imagining how these resources might be co-created, re-purposed or re-deployed to foreground, explore, highlight or develop current community issues or concerns, such as: how to combat the numbers of shops closing in local high streets, or how important historical buildings such as the Jubilee Pool in Penzance might become more relevant for communities today. In this way the event aims to connect communities from the past with those in the present through story and voice, in order to highlight current concerns and frame future actions.

Invited speakers on community radio, sound art, oral history and heritage, will be followed by a day of co-production workshops to explore how participants ideas might be materialised. Materials will be provided so that groups can create/edit short 3 minute podcasts, which will be broadcast/ hosted on partner platforms. They will also be archived online in the St Ives Archive's oral history collection and the project website/blog/facebook, which will serve as a resource to help groups network and support each other, work with the partner organisations and the University, and continue to make work in the future. Ideally, future work could be linked to/showcased at local community events such as the annual St Ives Festival, and/or the many other festivals and fairs that take place in Cornwall. Participants will learn new skills and gain confidence about how to engage with and share history and heritage in new ways. Oral history archives can be hard to access for non-academic audiences, and this event will encourage creative engagement with these materials in ways that give them added currency, enhancing community ownership and activities.
The project has resulted in a number of outputs including two two-day workshops at Tate St Ives organised by Jeanie Sinclair, arts and communities officer at TSI, which attracted 50 plus schoolchildren and members of the public to each. A film was made which will be added to the project website and circulated to those who work with archives and arts organisations nationally and internationally, and to community radio stations. Professor Hackney presented a talk about the project at Lincoln University January 2016 as part of the AHRC connected communities Heritage Network - attended by 100 plus academics, community partner group representatives and research students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://circuit.tate.org.uk/2016/02/soundwaves-at-porthmeor-studios/
 
Description Talk at Made By Hand Craft Festival, Cardiff City Hall 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussions afterwards

A number of people joined the workshop that we ran after the event and asked for more material: printed and website address, to find out more about the project and get involved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.madebyhandonline.com/
 
Description black country living history museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The talk on dressmaking and interwar women's magazines is part of a day that involves interactive sewing workshops and events and is designed to engage the general public, schools, students and museum professionals in creative ways to access and engage with local heritage through local and regional museums and collections such as the Black Country Living History Museum and others.

We are taking the event on to participate in other events in the autumn of 2016 such as the Making Fest devised by designer Wayne Hemmingway, reaching many hundreds of people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description the CRAFTER BLOG POST 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This blog post by Katy Bevan, crafts consultant, writer and ex-Crafts Council education officer, (Bevan is an advisor for Craftivist Garden) promotes the #wellmaking project to her audience of crafters and policy makers and raises issues about crafting and wellbeing

Katy was invited to write articles for knitting magazine and others (see other sections of engagement) raising the profile of the project among a general audience interested in the crafts, and unpacking issues about the benefits of everyday creativity for wellbeing. The project has subsequently been featured on a number of websites and blogposts (Charnwood arts, Sweet Arts - women and health charity Norwich and many others) and also in the West Briton newspaper covering the South West of England (print and website) http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Poly-hosts-flower-making-event-Falmouth/story-23773977-detail/story.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.thecrafter.me/whats-wellmaking-all-about/
 
Description website pages Arts for Health Cornwall 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact This is one of a series of entries on the arts for health cornwall website documenting and disseminating on-going research projects undertaken with the team at Falmouth University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (see collaborative section).

These and other events, especially Beyond the Toolkit Symposium - have generated a great deal of interest among arts for health professionals, academics and crafts practitioners in the South West and nationally. The BTT symposium, held at Falmouth University sold out within two days and was well attended by those from the region and outside.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.artsforhealthcornwall.org.uk/news/arts-and-humanities-research-council