Workshop: Interrogating Form: Creative and Cultural Participatory Practice

News of an interesting workshop this summer if you’re in the Newcastle area:

Date/Time: 13 June 2018, 11:00 – 17:00

Venue: Newbridge Project, Carliol House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Please find details about an event supported by the Participatory Geographies Research Group as well as Global Urban Research Unit’s 25 years celebration (school of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University) and the Geographies of Social Change Research Group (Geography, Politics, Sociology, Newcastle University).



Where environments and communities are stressed, scenes of hope and resistance persist. This workshop thinks about the place of cultural and creative participatory practice in the formation of such scenes. Some approaches can disrupt taken for granted norms and conventions – bringing them to the surface and holding them to account. They can make shared contexts for witnessing, representing and intervening in social and environmental injustices. They can open space for new possibilities. But not always. What prevents and what enables these processes to take place? What in turn do they enable and prevent? What specific roles do forms of creative practice have to play?

Here we will do, make and move as we explore these questions through a number of methods such as video, photography, and theatre-making. We will draw on specific case studies to engage with key critical questions for challenging times and challenged places, and finish with a discussion that investigates different kinds of witness and intervention that are enabled by creative and cultural participatory practices.

The day event organised by Dr Ruth Raynor (APL, Newcastle University) and Prof Rachel Pain (GPS, Newcastle University) will involve extended workshops with Dr Caitlin Cahill (Central University of New York) and Prof Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, London) as well as a series of shorter interventions, and space for in-depth discussion.

NEWBRIDGE PROJECT, CARLIOL HOUSE, MARKET STREET, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 13th June 11am- 5pm FREE But please bring your own lunch (Cafes and shops near by) Workshop facilitators include Prof Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway) and Dr Caitlin Cahill (CUNY)

Places are limited so to register please e-mail

A small number of travel bursaries are available for applicants with no funding to support conference attendance. Please apply to Ruth explaining your situation and reason for coming (200 words max).

This event sponsored by GURU 25 (APL) The Participatory Geographies Research Group (RGS-IBG) and the Geographies of Social Change Research Cluster (GPS).

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