Community in Place: Developing Frameworks of Engagement

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This article discusses approaches in artist-led research and practice within communities where there have been issues with cohesion and conflict. In particular where those artists’ practices have sought to engage people in direct discourse with their communities past. The objectives of such approaches being grounded in the assumption that reflecting on the past will inform the present and impact upon future behaviours. Such assumptions inform much of the current cultural policy and debate within the United Kingdom, however this paper will argue the complexities of ‘communities’, which may have perceived commonalities, may require a framework of engagement informed by a service design approach. A case study is presented of such a framework of engagement with post-primary children in Northern Ireland; what informed the design, its implementation and how the effects were measured. In addition the challenges faced surrounding inter-generational perceptions and beliefs highlighted the importance of understanding value systems if this form and process of creativity within communities’ is to truly become a cultural and/or social catalyst for change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherCommon Ground
Number of pages0
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2013
EventSeventh International Conference on the Arts in Society - Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


ConferenceSeventh International Conference on the Arts in Society
Period1/01/13 → …
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Bibliographical note

The case study included in the article details the approaches and tools used in the facilitation of the 'Cultural Fusions: Images of Ireland' project which the author was commissioned to design and deliver as a result of a tendering process by the North East PEACE III Partnership. The North East PEACE III Partnership is the delivery mechanism for Theme 1.1 of Priority 1 of the PEACE III Programme.


  • Community Engagement
  • Culture
  • History
  • Conflict
  • Social Impact of the Arts
  • Service Design


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