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Making Space for Participative Practice

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We invite you to join us for a workshop exploring the question: How can you increase the space for the community engagement work you do?

Based on a partnership between the British Museum, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, University of Leeds we are hosting two workshops (in Brighton and Leeds) to collaboratively open up this question.

The workshops follow a recent seminar at the British Museum which sought to locate museum participation and co-creative practice within the established research methodologies of action and participatory research.

Building on these initial discussions, the Brighton (10 November) and Leeds workshops focus on practical ways of using action and participatory research to advocate for, and create more space, for the participative work we do.

The workshops offer in-depth explorations of techniques we might already be using in our practice and seek to initiate with workshop participants a collaborative inquiry into how we can build on those, drawing on useful ideas from participatory and action research.

Please book here via Evenbrite. Places are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Our aim is to each leave with an individual action inquiry idea to try out in our practice. We will discuss on the day ways of sharing our experiences of experimental actions. The content produced is intended to build the basis for a collaborative publication.

For those who need it we have a limited number of travel bursaries to offer. Please email Helen Graham for more details.

The workshops are part of a new research project initiated at the British Museum. The project is a collaboration between researchers from the British Museum, Helen Graham and PhD candidate Julia Ankenbrand from the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage (University of Leeds) and Brighton & Hove Museums. It originated in a shared interest in the conceptualisations and effects of different ways of producing knowledge in museums and how to better frame participatory practice as research.

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