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Community in Place: Developing Frameworks of Engagement

O'Boyle, Louise (2013) Community in Place: Developing Frameworks of Engagement. In: Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool. Common Ground Publishing. Vol 8 (pendin) [Conference contribution]

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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.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Community Engagement, Culture, History, Conflict, Social Impact of the Arts, Service Design
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:24885
Deposited By: Ms Louise O'Boyle
Deposited On:13 Mar 2013 12:36
Last Modified:19 Jan 2015 14:48

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