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School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Anni Raw

Visiting Fellow

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Anni is Visiting Research Fellow in School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Current research interests include international perspectives on participatory arts practices, and arts in activism.


Anni has a background in community music and the voice, both as touring musician and as music workshop facilitator, and subsequently as a participatory evaluator of community-based arts interventions. She has worked within the arts and cultural field for over 25 years, and in 2010 began doctoral studies as a cultural anthropologist: ethnographer by approach and interdisciplinary by scholarship. She completed her medical humanities PhD at Durham University in 2013. She then worked for a year with CCI Exchange (Creative and Cultural Industries Exchange) at Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), as impact and innovation project manager (maternity cover), and is currently Post Doctoral Research Associate with Durham University School of Applied Social Sciences, as well as Visiting Research Fellow with FAHACS at University of Leeds.


Research Interests

Current Research Interests:

  • mechanisms and agency within applied arts practices
  • arts and health
  • international perspectives on participatory arts practices
  • the role and agency of artists in contemporary society
  • creativity and the arts in participation and activism
  • spatial practices and transformation
  • the nature and function of creativity and art in changes processes

Anni’s doctoral thesis (http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/7774/ ) characterises and theorises a core practice amongst artists working in community and participatory arts. The study incorporates an exploration of artists’ current practice in the UK and in Mexico, and suggests that a transnational core practice – conceptualised as an ‘assemblage’ of six consistent, multidisciplinary elements which together achieve a creative ‘workshop ecology’ –  can be identified in this work. She works in the UK and in Latin America (Mexico, Brazil)

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