Taking Yourselves Seriously

Kate Pahl has been awarded £78,895 from AHRC follow on funding for a project called ‘Taking Yourselves Seriously: artistic approaches to social cohesion’. This aims to explore how artistic methodologies contribute to social cohesion, drawing on a previous project that looked at what artists did when they worked with communities. The project has been developed collaboratively with ARVAC (Association for Research with the Voluntary and Community sector) and Sheffield City Council and Rotherham MBC social cohesion teams. The project team will work in three settings: Pitsmoor Adventure Playground in Sheffield, Clifton School in Rotherham and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, to develop an understanding of how artistic methodologies can support and develop spaces for social cohesion in community and educational contexts. We aim to produce a set of resources informed by artistic methodologies for community researchers to use to support social cohesion in communities.

The project team includes poets Andrew Mcmillan and Helen Mort, artists Steve Pool and Zahir Rafiq, cohesion advisors Mike Fitter (Sheffield) and Waheed Akhter (Rotherham), Mark Payne and Anthony Williams from the School of Education together with Zanib Rasool, (Rotherham United Community Sports Trust) Patrick Meleady (Pitsmoor Adventure Playground) and critical friend and advisor John Diamond, Edge Hill University with Katy Goldstraw RA, also Edge Hill University, Kate Pahl is PI. The project will run from the 1st February 2017 for one year.

For more information please email: k.pahl@sheffield.ac.uk