Engaging the Public with Performing Arts

Claire Booth as Ellida in Craig Armstrong’s The Lady from the Sea. Credit Richard Campbell. The performing arts are inescapably social and public. The performing arts presume the presence of an audience – an exchange between performer and witness. Further, theatre-making is, generally, a collaborative process involving actors, directors, writers, technicians, designers, managers and many […]

Addressing the Employability Agenda in Digital

The globalisation of economic activity heralded on an unprecedented scale by the IT revolution of the latter decades of the 20th Century has been rapidly followed by a globalisation of cultural, artistic, social and political activity. In particular digital technology is seen as the embodiment of a global, interconnected, participatory platform that has the capacity […]

50 Years of Digital in the College of Arts

There are some truly first class research projects within the College of Arts that have a sizable digital component and Arts researchers have been engaging with digital technologies for a long time – a quite surprisingly long time, in fact. The earliest digital research project in the College that we know of took place way […]

Digital Developments in the College of Arts

In the College of Arts, we’re pretty switched on. While our research often looks back to our cultural traditions and heritage, our research methods and collaborations are firmly in the twenty first century. We work with teams of experts across Europe on creating digital content, preserving blogs, and archiving data. We have worked with local […]

The Art of Stroking Animals

How can historians and  contemporary artists enrich each other’s work?  What can we learn from each other?  We are often concerned with the same questions, but approached from different angles and expressed in different ways.  Our work can intersect, or generate sparks, in ways that are stimulating for both sides and can help push our […]

Visual Arts Crossovers

Two and a half years ago, while at Jeremy Deller’s Joy in People exhibition at the Hayward, during his re-enactment film of the miner’s strike, the Battle of Orgreave, I killed off a character in my second novel. In the manuscript all the signs of ill-fortune were already written – risk, storm, grief – but […]

Step Inside MS

By Gillian Shirreffs Writing can be a therapeutic process. In my editing and publishing project, part of my MLitt in Creative Writing, I chose to highlight the benefits of therapeutic writing alongside raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Through social media, I put out a call for letters asking people to tell me about their […]