Making the arts more accessible
Lead community partner: Hangleton and Knoll Project
Researcher: Dr Helen Johnson, University of Brighton
The Hangleton and Knoll Project (HKP) and the University of Brighton will form a partnership to train a group of local residents to deliver a participatory arts-based research project drawing on a novel methodology pioneered by Dr Helen Johnson.
Our aim is to identify arts and culture interests and needs for the Hangleton and Knoll area. We intend to share learning and best practice from the project with the local authority, commissioning arts organisations, and community groups across the city. This will serve as the basis for a new community of practice, addressing inclusive arts in Brighton and Hove.
For the past two years HKP have worked in partnership with Brighton People’s Theatre and Brighton Festival to run ‘Your Place’ - a weekend of arts and culture in Hangleton. This Festival flagship gives local residents a key decision-making role in shaping the weekend. HKP have achieved this through the creation of a local Your Place steering group comprised of local residents, local organisations and community groups.
HKP want to develop this work further, enabling residents to direct a year-round community arts and culture offer. This work is supported by Brighton and Hove City Council and has been integrated into its Cultural framework.
This community-university partnership will enable HKP to move towards this goal and develop a mutually-beneficial partnership, by:
a) Training HKP steering group members to conduct participatory arts-based research using Helen’s ‘collaborative poetics’ resources.
b) Empowering/enabling local residents to design and conduct collaborative poetics research in the local community.
c) Providing feedback findings to key stakeholders, including the wider local community, local authority, and city arts commissioners.
d) Facilitating the foundation of a community of practice with these key stakeholders, within which our partnership can be further developed/sustained.
e) Working with stakeholders to share learning and methods from the project with other disadvantaged areas of the city.
f) Collaborating with Community Psychology MA students to help establish and develop this work.