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About anniRaw

Anni is a post-doctoral research associate with the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, and Visiting Research Fellow at University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Her doctoral thesis ( ) 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. With a background in community music and the voice, and participatory evaluation of community-based arts interventions, and an ethnographic anthropologist by approach, her current research interests include the nature and function of creativity, creativity and the arts in participation and activism, and international perspectives on participatory arts practices.

From Mexico, with Love

Witnessing human compassion, connection and resilience, fostered in a harsh landscape of brutal inequality, and noting the contribution and impact of research. Mexico City is a world of parallel realities – perceived in the extreme by travelling on one of … Continue reading

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A Provocation Piece: Proposing a universal ‘model’ of the inner workings of participatory arts practice…

Walking the high wire – proposing a universal ‘model’ of the inner workings of participatory arts practice… Reblogged from ArtWorks October web-bulletin : Posted there by Molly Courtice on October 7, 2013 at 9:42 ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings is a network, … Continue reading

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International perspectives on participation and engagement in the arts (CfP, Conference, Netherlands, 20-21 June 2014)

International perspectives on participation and engagement in the arts 20th-21st June 2014 Utrecht University, Netherlands Networking between academics, policy makers and arts practitioners Transfer of best practices in participatory arts and participatory decision-making in cultural policy Policy transfer between different countries, … Continue reading

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In and ‘out of focus’: IUAES conference, August 2013, with perspectives from 69 nations

Entering the foyer of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester last week was an immersion into a world of multiple realities, cheek to cheek: expressed in the contrasting colours and cuts of  clothing, and the colliding cross rhythms of numerous languages. … Continue reading

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The ripples from a rich and rare pebble

Having also attended the Roots and Wings finale event, I couldn’t have put it better than Mike White in his recent post! thank you Mike. As evaluator of the Chickenley Roots and Wings project for two significant stretches of its … Continue reading

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Potential for bridge-building across the evidence divide?

For the first four days of last week, (thanks to much-appreciated support from the Centre for Medical Humanities), I and others from CMH (Mike White and Mary Robson) were immersed in the dynamic atmosphere of international purpose and mutual inspiration … Continue reading

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Arts Care21 conference: Rich in research, and a great Belfast Bash!

Back at base now, I can reflect with relish on three days of thought provoking, multi-disciplinary input at Belfast’s beautiful Lyric Theatre, which was our centre of gravity during Arts Care’s ‘International Arts in Health Conference: Sustainable Creativity in Healthcare’ … Continue reading

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