'Potency and Potential' of creative connections in interstitial spaces' - learning from Latin American perspectives

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Fine Art History of Art&Cult Stud

Abstract

This project is an exploration of community practices that work with people in disconnected spaces, to create new connectivity, and capacity for change. Taking a lead from partners and perspectives within Latin America, this project brings together praxis-focussed artists, activists and academics from Brazil, Mexico and the UK, in a series of exploratory encounters (both face-to-face and virtual) that will investigate methods and processes for this work. Concentrating on understanding work in local community settings the focus of this collaborative investigation will be the ways in which such practitioners work with communal space, and specifically how these spaces become potentised, and how these practitioners can open up spaces with a qualities of what Victor Turner termed 'potency' and transformative potential, or 'potentiality' (1979: 465-6). These encounters of enquiry will enable practical approaches to interrogate, and be interrogated by, theoretical perspectives, brought to the discussion by artists, activists and academics from Latin America and the UK. Our intention is to create conduits for these influences and perspectives, and to enable knowledge exchange on three axes: between community artists and community activists, between academia and non-academic communities of practice, and between perspectives and experience of the global south (Brazil and Mexico) and global north (UK). Participants in the project will seek to co-produce knowledge and practice-based methodologies, informing the praxis of socially-engaged artists and activists, and to inform theoretical understandings of academics in the fields of social theory, activism and applied creative practice.
Deliberately aiming to disrupt traditional dynamics of North/South knowledge exchange the project will connect artist/activist communities from the Global South with peer communities from the Global North, introducing the fundamental value of building on the strengths from both geographies of creativity and activism, and particularly challenging linguistic exclusion and established dominance by knowledges from the Global North. These modes of engagement will contribute significantly to the CC programme as the literature suggests (Miura and Sawaia, 2013) 'Southern' thinkers are often highly attuned and advanced in their treatment of ideas of connection, disconnection, community and creativity (refs): themes at the core of Connected Communities scholarship.

Our 6 collaborating communities will connect by working together in intensive residential 'encounters' ('encuentros') in Brazil and the UK, using inclusive and non-hierarchical encounter processes that mirror the kinds of developmental workshops at the heart of the study. They will experience and interrogate each others' spatial-affective practices and ideas, from their respective fields of community arts and activism which overlap, but do not necessarily share recognised common languages or identities. The aim through these encounters is for the participating communities to co-create conditions that develop enriched understandings of their own work, that locate meaningful connections and comparisons for future mutual learning, and that inspire and motivate them to develop and continue these connections. The ultimate aim of the project, reaching beyond the lifetime of this award, is to develop an inclusive, interdisciplinary, international, arts/activism 'community (communities) of practice', in which fostering the creative potency and potential of spaces of activity is a key and conscious practice element.

References:
Miura, P. and Sawaia, B. B. (2013) 'Tornar-se catador: sofrimento ético-politico e potencia de ação' Psicologia e Sociedade, v. 25, p. 313-318
Turner, V (1979), 'Frame, flow and reflection: Ritual and drama as public liminality', Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 6 (4), 465-99.

Planned Impact

Impact resulting from the 'Potency and Potential' project will be broad in geographical reach, wide in disciplinary scope, and potentially long reaching in practical legacy.

Potential beneficiaries:
-Freelance arts and activist practitioners, initially in the UK, Brazil, Mexico
-Third or public sector community development / community arts organisations in these regions (organisations engaging freelance practitioners; and with a strong continuing professional development ethos)
-Learning and professional development bodies (through informed input into practitioner training programmes)
-Community participants in future projects (through the greater confidence and effectiveness of arts and activist practitioners)
-Cultural and social policy makers (through informed policy decisions relating to programming and staffing community initiatives)
-Wider academic networks and discourses (through fresh diverse insights).

Where impacts beyond academia and policy will be evident:
-In the professional development offer; and effectiveness of projects and services in supporting locally-led positive change at community level
-In the cultural vitality, 'potency and potential' of local community sites of activity
-In the quality of life, confidence and wellbeing of citizens who participate in future project activity with impacted practitioners.

Impacts from collaboration
Amongst research participants and networks, from cross-sector working , impact will manifest as:
-A new international, practice/scholarship community of enquiry, focussing on the questions of spatial and affective practices in community arts and activism.
-The potential burgeoning awareness of, and animation of, a new trans-national 'community of practice'.
-Deepened awareness of the experience of Global South-North divide in how knowledge is differently valued, and the limiting impact of this on the development of discourses.

Further impacts
Triggered through the project's exchange activities, first wave impacts will stimulate (anticipated timescale for visibility - within 2-3 years of project start):
-More widely informed, dynamic academic and practitioner discourses within wider peer networks, (seen in conference papers, publication reference lists, CC network enquiry, practitioner forums, project proposals, activity in the field)
-Such new work underpinned by international perspectives and experience of community arts and activism (evidenced by quality and degree of internationally-informed work taking place, and interactivity with wider international peer networks - e.g. 'Hemispheric Institute')
-Benefits for practitioners in forming a new community of practice, including shared creative, facilitative and conceptual approaches, collaborative interrogation of praxis across barriers of discipline, practices, language and culture (seen in stronger practitioner confidence and clarity in articulating their methods, stronger practitioner voice and self advocacy by the sector)
-Increased international activity and collaboration influencing discourses within the CC Programme
-Flourishing of the community of enquiry.

We expect to see, beyond the project year, new cross-sector publishing, conference and research collaborations, which have their roots in the project. We anticipate that the Global South to North dialogue will result in links across linguistic and contextual divides which would not have occurred without the project, and with the potential to catalyse practitioners' and academics' career trajectories. These links - supported post project through the project blog, to be maintained for at least 5 years - will have inevitable impact on the practices of those involved, and hence on their project participants.

Publications

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Raw, A E (2016) "Potência e Potencial" em espaços criativos intersticiais: práticas espaciais transformadoras entre artistas/ativistas socialmente engajados in NAVA: Revista do Programa de Pós-graduação em Artes, Cultural e Linguagens, Instituto de Artes e Design :: UFJF, Brasil

 
Title A Mala (The suitcase) 
Description Short stop frame animation expressing the knowledge outcomes of the project from the perspective of Brazilian artist activist participants. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None notable yet as dissemination is at an early stage 
 
Title Kelly's drama scene with mind the gap 
Description Performance of a devised drama scene using Theatre of the Oppressed methodology, co-devised between Kelly di Bertolli and members of mind the gap theatre company (for people who are learning disabled). 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Impacts were recorded by members of the cast in the value of working differently with a new director - their theatre practice was extended, and their exploration of issues of sexuality and independence for learning disabled young people was shared with other learning disabled young people, for discussion and active participative involvement in the performance (Forum Theatre technique).Impacts were also noted for the company team, whose experience of working with Kelly demonstrated to them the breadth of theatre of the oppressed methodologies. The collaboration represented a training refresher for staff. 
 
Title Launch of POVO.one 
Description Whilst a communication platform (word press web page) was created as part of the original research project, there was the intention to migrate to a next phase platform, with the title POVO.one (resonant of 'one people'). This new platform was launched in July 2017, with web-linked group 'party' from 10 different sites (6 in Brazil, 1 in France, 3 in the UK) using google-hangouts. We hope to use this site for collaborations from now on. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The tangible impacts from this product are yet to be realised. The immediate impact was in reestablishing proximity and shared purpose between network members, which is an important step in building our capacity to act in collaboration as a group. 
 
Title Potency and Potential: Film in a suitcase 
Description Short creative film documenting the narrative of the research encounters forming the main activities in the project. This is displayed on a digital frame, contained within a suitcase as a portable archive, together with creative documentation of the encounter processes. The suitcase acts as a mini-cinema for focussed viewing of the film. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Early days as dissemination has so far been limited. 
 
Title Video solidarity artivism 
Description performance of 2 songs in solidarity for the situation of project collaborators from Brazil. Videoed and shared on social media. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact 2,000 views and shares internationally on social media in 36 hours, rising to 18,000 within 3 days, using hashtags on facebook. Comments and dialogue in response 
 
Description Our award period is still now complete, however these key findings develop all the time, as the legacy of the project unfolds.

We sought to bring together 6 communities to learn from different perspectives on how creative facilitation and arts participation can create possibilities for change:
Together we created a series of collaborative research encounters, to explore the atmospheres in community (arts/creative) workshops or spaces, and what enables such spaces to carry the possibility of change, or to inspire people to work together for change.
Participating community members were drawn from academic, practitioner and activist communities in Brazil and the UK. The style of the research project was 'action research' so that we explored the question together both through discussion and through trying out different practices while we were together.

Our headline findings have now begun to distil, and point to the paramount importance of affinity through common values, shared as a language of connection, even where linguistic barriers are severe. We have significant leaning from the project, since it developed through some difficult phases of social and political dynamics, in order to find some further, meaningful responses to the research questions. Ultimately, the ''potency and potential' we sought to understand grew through the experimentation with a range of 'languages' including physical languages/using the body; creative and aesthetic languages allowing non-verbal communication; spatial practices in which affinity was allowed to develop, and in which imagination of future collective action could grow and excite all collaborators.
We distilled a number of important practical and group-facilitative factors in creating an environment that can be 'potent' enough to catalyse collective action or change. These include:
a) Creating a space that is away from everyday distractions;
b) Ensuring the space is comfortable enough to allow people to reflect (which is an activity that is not possible if individuals do not feel they can relax);
c) ensuring however that also includes new experiences, disorientation, being stretched, and a variety of approaches or engagement styles, including visual creativity, physical movement, sound and music creation, conversations, presentations, walking, playfulness;
d) Building significant levels of mutual trust between those in the space, including by carefully challenging obstacles to trust: This can be achieved indirectly through collaborative creative activity, so that issues can unfold without confrontation and an ensuing loss of trust;
e) Sharing values and passions for the aims of each others' work, and sensing each others' high levels of commitment (as a trust building measure as well as motivating factor);
f) Exploring concrete next steps, and sound communication mechanisms that suit people's needs and habits, in order to allow future collective action to take place (systems we used included a blog and a 'What'sApp' group, and we are now searching for the right further communication platforms).

We also began to realise the tremendous contribution of virtual spaces of connection to our project, as an additional extension of the physical spaces we shared and the spaces of creative imagination in which we found shared future imaginaries, which surmounted other obstacles.
Exploitation Route This remains a continuing discussion between project collaborators, as this has been a project in which knowledge is co-produced between all members of the project.
There have been and continue to be follow-on activities and initiatives in which several members of the research project have taken forward aspects of the learning, and collaborative activity is ongoing despite there being no current funding to support this. We anticipate that our embryonic collaborative platform - launching this week a full year after the project completed - will facilitate further dialogues. We already have more collaborators interested in joining the discussion on spaces of potential for activism.
Two key cornerstones of our findings have emerged as particularly important, and these relate to 'affective ties' build on shared values; and the additional extension of our thinking to incorporate virtual and digital spaces in which we can and what to connect. However, without the first of these, that develops through actual (face to face) contact the second is very elusive. Through this knowledge we are conceiving and building new ways to work together, both locally and internationally for democracy and justice (using our enhanced knowledge).
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description Our research produced new ideas on how to collaborate transnationally at community level, to produce work and joint initiatives with local societal impacts (socio-economic impacts for local communities, and for cultural practitioners). Collaborations include piloting different approaches to the execution of service delivery (social and health services, youth and social care services). Additional collaborations at community level, which demonstrate the real world application of our action research findings, have begun since the main research activity took place, including between peer third sector arts organisations, arts collectives and individual professional practitioners, with the impact of increasing openness to embrace new approaches from international partners, and raising aspirations to future practice partnerships. One such collaboration led to the new network (currently calling itself 'Potency & Potencial Artivista Collective' ) co-bidding for a professional art commission with the Horniman Museum, London. While the bid was unsuccessful on this occasion the appetite to co-bid and the procedures for so doing were strengthened. Other examples include the initiation and organisation between members of the collective of 3 paid workshop commissions for one of the visiting members, in order to share with UK artivist practitioners, specialist Brazil-based thinking on theatre as a tool for activism. In the years since completion of this award there have been multi-sector collaborations developing, including developing a follow-on proposal to the AHRC, which sadly was halted due to PI illness, but still with the intention to revisit this. The collaboration involved one community partner from the original project as Co-I, and six arts organisations across UK, Brazil and Mexico as new partner organisations. The findings from our project were considered of significant interest by these non-academic partners and there was a strong interest in sharing and developing the ideas at a local level, as well as connecting to discuss this internationally. Further paid opportunities to deliver professional development skills for practitioners (community workers and acts practitioners) based on her new understandings (international adaptations, deeper understandings of spatial issues) have been initiated in the UK for one Brazilian project participant (Kelly Di Bertolli), who has also then been invited to co-direct a theatre piece with one UK-based theatre company (Mind the Gap, based in Bradford), using her methodology to support young people with learning disabilities to negotiate sexual relationships, with consciousness and agency. The piece was performed to a wide audience of learning disabled young people and agencies within the sector, drawn from West Yorkshire, UK, at an information event that took place in Bradford, March 2017. There is growing interest also from a 'community university' initiative at Durham University to develop further work with Kelly, and while on a visiting scholarship to Durham Kelly is delivering engagement activities and seminars through this initiative.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Co-I conference travel bursary to present paper on project
Amount £888 (GBP)
Organisation University of South Wales 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Departmental visiting scholar subsistence bursary, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
Amount £200 (GBP)
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Durham University School of Applied Social Sciences Travel Funds
Amount £350 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 05/2016
 
Description Local train travel for visiting scholar
Amount £200 (GBP)
Organisation University of Dundee 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Santander Mobility Scholarship
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 05/2016
 
Description Santander Mobility Scholarship
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description School of Applied Social Sciences PI travel support to present conference paper
Amount £350 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description University of Dundee School of Education and Social Work, Project funds
Amount £350 (GBP)
Organisation University of Dundee 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 02/2016
 
Description Artlink West Yorks 
Organisation Artlink West Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invitation to collaborate in the project design; Involvement throughout from participant recruitment to activity, including Artlink representative receiving all expenses paid attendance at second (UK) residential research workshop. Opportunities to co-author work based on this partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Space offered for two recruitment information meetings; Time (attendance) of Artlink CEO at these meetings; Recruitment of freelance artists to the project through Artlink networks; Attendance of Artlink representative at 3 day residential workshop; Hosting of all-day theatre skills workshop for practitioners.
Impact Theatre skills workshop organised by Artlink representative. Strengthening collaboration with University of Leeds, towards new collaborative work with other Leeds based cultural organisations. Subsequent involvement in AHRC networking award bid, exploring comparative evaluation practices in Leeds (UK) and São Paulo (Brazil)
Start Year 2015
 
Description PUC-SP/NEXIN 
Organisation Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hospitality and Delegate fees for NEXIN academic representative attending first residential research workshop, Sao Paulo, Brazil; International flight (Brazil-UK), hospitality for 4-week research trip, and delegate fees for 3-day residential research workshop for PUC-SP PhD scholar; International flight (Brazil-UK), and delegate fees for 3-day residential workshop for NEXIN practitioner representative. Opportunities for visiting PUC-SP PhD scholar to present findings and practice for special events at 3 UK Universities (University of Leeds 15/2/16; University of Dundee, 22/2/16; University of South Wales, 8/3/16); Discussions with 4 UK University drama departments (see above + Exeter University) regarding potential PhD research period based with a UK University; Administrative and legal team time to work up a Memorandum of Understanding between PUC-SP and University of Leeds (still pending, awaiting sign-off).
Collaborator Contribution Two-hour meeting of the NEXIN group to introduce the research: Including loan of the space, 3 hours of research network leaders' professorial salary; two hours from each of 15 members of the NEXIN research group at the meeting. Two days attendance by NEXIN academic representative at Sao Paulo residential; Post-residential debrief meeting: two hours of professorial salary Administrative and legal staff time involved in translating and approving Memorandum of Understanding paperwork. Additional funding to support subsistence of project PI on subsequent research visit to deliver seminar to Research NEXIN network members
Impact Potential development of further larger scale funding opportunity between PUC-SP and Durham University; Co-authorship on 3 papers/articles by PUC-SP PhD scholar Kelly Di Bertolli; Attendance by PUC-SP PhD scholar at UK AHRC academic conference, University of East Anglia, 22-23/3/16, including co-presenting with 2 of the project's investigators; New sub-collaboration incorporated, between this partnership and SENAC, State Community Development Agency of Brazil; contributions by SENAC into the project have included minimum 3 weeks of staff time by SENAC officer, developing local links and attending 2 residential workshops; This fostering of a new link with SENAC has led to further partnership building between SENAC and University of Dundee, including a publication initiative. Paid work opportunities for PUC-SP PhD scholar in delivering skills workshops for professional practitioners, whilst visiting the UK (totalling approx. £1,300); PhD scholar Kelly Di Bertolli's workshops fostering new professional skills amongst approx. 80 practitioners, for use in their on-going practice. Further visiting scholar trip for Kelly Di Bertolli in 2017, 3-week visiting fellowship at University of Dundee with publication collaboration; and personal seminar and lecture invitations at 4 UK universities: University of Dundee; University of Leeds; University of Manchester; Durham University.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Universidad Veracruzana 
Organisation Center for Studies, Creation and Documentation of Arts
Country Mexico 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution One international flight from Mexico to Sao Paulo Brazil, and hosting Dra Ahtziri Molina, academic and project collaborator, during 2 international trips (Brazil and UK) and all expenses for participation in research colloquia as part of the project. Visit made to partner institution while in Mexico City, paid by Dr Anni Raw personally Co-authorship on a paper to CEISAL 8th International Conference: 'A Post-Hegemoic Era: Society, Culture and Politics in Latin America', Salamanca, 2016
Collaborator Contribution Partner Institution released Dr Molina for 2.5 (FT) weeks of teaching and professional duties to participate in the research project at 2 points during the year 2015-16. Dr Molina paid for one international flight, Mexico to UK, to participate in one of our international research colloquia. Dr Molina contributed intellectually to the planning and proceedings of both international colloquia, and to discussing findings as part of the project. Dr Molina is leading on the co-authorship of papers and articles relating to the project. Partner Institution has invited editorship by project collaborators Dr Hilary Ramsen (University of South Wales) and Kelly di Bertolli (Universidad de Sao Paulo) of a special issue of the Scenic Arts of the 'Revista de Investigación Teatral of the Universidad Veracruzana', Autumn 2017, on on 'Artivism'. Co-authorship on a paper to CEISAL 8th International Conference: 'A Post-Hegemoic Era: Society, Culture and Politics in Latin America', Salamanca, 2016
Impact Invited presentation by Dr Anni Raw to MA student seminar: Artivismo: artistas catalizando el cambio, la salud y el bienestar; at the Maestría en Artes Escénicas, Universidad Veracruzana, on the 4th of November 2015; Joint paper co-authored, Dr Anni Raw with Dra Molina and Community partner Cauê Ueda : 'Artivismo y su articulación social desde la base'. Accepted and presented at the 8th CEISAL International Conference at Salamanca, Spain. 28th June-1st July 2016. Anni Raw (University of Leeds) Caue Ueda (Baixo Centro, Sao Paulo) Ahtziri Molina (Universidad Veracruzana Partnership is multidisciplinary, as it involves arts (visual and performing arts) and social science (sociology) academics, along with community partners.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Additional Kelly workshop, University of Dundee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 'Theatre of the Oppressed' Workshop led by Brazilian research participant and arts practitioner, organised by Dundee-based Co-I, as part of an extension trip funded by University of Dundee;
28 attendees from University of Dundee (staff and students), the local council, NHS, third sector orgs - encouraged reflection and discussion on use of theatre and performance in different practice settings (five people have since been in touch to say the workshop inspired and/or energised them); one link developed between School of Life Sciences and School of Education and Social Work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brazil, São Paulo, Community voice workshop with actors, during follow-on research trip by PI, May 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20 participatory theatre practitioners and some of their family members attended a voice workshop delivered by PI Anni Raw, hosted by project participant/collaborator Kelly Di Bertolli; purpose: to share artivista practices across international and linguistic boundaries. Links persist with 6 practitioners, leading to co-bidding for funds to collaborate on AHRC networking grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Conference performance/ presentation (UEA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Performance presentation of research findings to other research teams and their collaborating partners in Connected Communities group. Significant audience interest and engagement with both the form and the findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Exchange and networking event, University of Dundee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event aiming to initiate links and opportunities for reflection on community development practice.
20 attendees including representatives from the University (across five Schools), the local council, third sector orgs - encouraged a reflection on current approaches to community development practice in Dundee (two people have since contacted me to say that the session encouraged them to reflect on their practice); one link made between a third sector organisation and SENAC (Brazilian State Community Development Agency); opened up a dialogue between a Community Learning and Development practitioner for Dundee City Council, a storytelling practitioner and a visiting Brazilian theatre practitioner, leading to initial discussions of a 'Theatre of the Oppressed' workshop series for local women.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description First community-initiated theatre workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ensuing from contact between arts practitioners from the UK and Brazil, who are community participants in our project, mutual interest in understanding each others' practice resulted in independent links; and two locally based arts practitioners organised a full-day, paid, community based, specialist Theatre of the Oppressed workshop for other theatre practitioners, led by one of the Brazilian research participants. Recruitment of workshop participants was through their own professional networks and University networks, with the venue offered by our community partner organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Kelly Cardiff teaching 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Brazilian Theatre specialist (and research participant) delivered 2 improvisation workshops within University of South Wales theatre studies school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Post Graduate seminar, UFF, Niteroi, Brazil, PI delivered during follow-on research trip, May 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact PI Presented findings to Art and Sociology Post Graduate researchers, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Audience of 25 arts practitioners/academics, very stimulated, different approach to knowledge in their field, and useful comparative experiences discussed. Interest from 2 students in possible study in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Second Bradford-based Theatre workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ensuing from contact between arts practitioners from the UK and Brazil, who are community participants in our project, mutual interest in understanding each others' practice resulted in independent links;
Two locally based arts practitioners organised a further two-day, paid, community based, specialist Theatre of the Oppressed workshop for other theatre practitioners, led by one of the Brazilian research participants. Recruitment of workshop participants was through their own professional networks and University networks, and for this extended workshop the venue was offered by a further third sector arts organisation - disability threat organisation Mind The Gap.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Strategic linking meetings in Dundee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • Monday 22nd Feb - Meeting with Dean of Research of Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), Community Learning and Development lecturer, a local filmaker and five members of the Brazilian network - ongoing discussions between DJCAD, School of Education and Social Work and Brazilian network to think through possibilities for collaboration.
• Tuesday 23rd Feb - Meeting with manager of Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, a Community Learning and Development lecturer, two members of the Brazilian network and Co-I - one outline project proposal submitted for consideration by Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre - emerging collaboration
• Tuesday 23rd Feb - Meeting with manager of PAMIS (leading charity working with and for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities), NHS Occupational Health Practitioner, Storytelling Project Manager, two members of the Brazilian network and Co-I - contacts exchanged;
• Wednesday 24th Feb - meeting with Dundee City Council Community Learning and Development Practitioner, Brazilian Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner and Co-I, to discuss a Theatre workshop series with local women (possibly focusing on survivors of domestic violence) - Brazilian practitioner to write initial proposal and funding opportunities, Council worker and Co-I to explore funding - emerging collaboration
• Wednesday 24th Feb - meeting with manager of Dundee International Women's Centre, to discuss a Theatre workshop series- Brazilian practitioner to write initial proposal and Dundee International Women's Centre and Co-I to explore possible funding - emerging collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Suitcase displayed / virtual attendance at community arts event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three artistic outputs from our project (a suitcase installation, including miniature projection of animated film, and video) were displayed as part of a community pop-up event in Bradford City Centre. The event hosted up to 250 people, including families, artists and local charity organisations. Our exhibit had its own site alongside other arts products (projections, performances, exhibitions) in a reclaimed shop space. We had a bench beside the exhibit, and people came and sat to watch the videos and explore the suitcase - which were artistic interpretations of the project outcomes, created as alternative dissemination practices. As well as exhibiting the 'Potency and Potential' suitcase, we also succeeded in creating a live web-link during the event, between the creative producer of the event in Bradford and one of the creative producers in our UK/Brazil network. This peer-to-peer link was stimulating for both parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Third community-based, practitioner workshop, Devon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ensuing from contact between arts practitioners from the UK and Brazil, who are community participants in our project, mutual interest in understanding each others' practice resulted in independent links;
Devon-based partner organisation 'Encounters-Arts' organised a full-day, paid, community based, specialist Theatre of the Oppressed workshop for other theatre practitioners based in the South West of England, led by one of the Brazilian research participants. Recruitment of workshop participants was through their own professional networks, with the venue offered by our community partner organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Video messaging 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact During an extension to the activities planned as part of the project, a collaborative team from within the project - PI, two artist/participating collaborators from the UK and one artist/participating collaborator from Brazil, created an artist/activist work together in response to the political upheavals taking place in Brazil in March-May 2016. Working with text, music, visual staging and video, two short performances were created and posted on social media. These were shared on Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms, and quickly reached an audience of 2,000 across Brazil and the UK. Shares included the former president Lula, and the posts were included on other websites showing citizen action in the political upheavals.
Many comments were made in response, both positive and negative. The creative team was amazed at the speed and power of this stage-1 impact, and this influenced our beliefs in the opportunities for using social media for sharing local and home-created activism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Welcome / Introductory event, University of Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event to introduce our project and share artist/activist practice between visiting delegation of 5 practitioners from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and local artist/activist practitioners in Leeds and surrounding area. Event was attended by 26 diverse interested participants, who made independent contact to secure a place, on seeing the publicity. Academics new to the project from 4 different departments including arts and social science disciplines interacted with the visiting practitioners, as well as practitioners and arts organisations from the local area.
Results have included invitations and visits to local arts projects; invitations for visitors to run workshops for the University; links set up to follow up interest in PhD study at the University; and opportunities for Portuguese language students to volunteer on local Sao Paulo arts projects during their sandwich year in Brazil.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description performance/presentation of research findings (Porto, Portugal) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 25 international researchers attended performance of our findings; significant interest in the form, the findings and the film (artwork) we shared.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description practitioner workshops (Pistoia, Italy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 22 artists attended 2-day workshop delivered by project PI, during academic residency in Tuscany, Italy. Significant interest, leading to discussions, professional development stimulation, and follow-up contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016