Public Engagement & Performance conference March 15/16 2018 


10:00 Registration
10:30 Welcome & Introduction Kitrina Douglas
10:40 Keynote Bernadette & Paul Burbridge, Riding Lights Theatre
11:00 Invited Workshop: Stories Form the Frontline - in progress workshop
12:00 Invited Workshop:  
13:00 Lunch & time to explore the Hepworth galleries
14:00 Key Note Award Winning Sculptor Sarah Smith "Imagination and Intuition"
14:00 Films & Live performances/multi media presentations [open to the public]
17:00 Day one finish 
18:00 Evening social, Iris Restaurant Wakefield


10:00 Round table discussion with directors and producers
11:00 Presentations sessions one - paper & multi media 
13:30 Lunch & time to explore Hepworth galleries 
14:30 Presentations sessions two - paper & multi media  
16:00 Dilemmas Cafe - solving issues with public engagement

Below you will find extracts from some of this years contributions

“in-progress” workshop

 This in-progress workshop session delves into some of the most thorny ethical challenges and dilemmas associated with sharing/communicating/performing research and inviting feedback through engaging the public with our research.The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Gillott.


Brief Biography: Andrew works in high-performance sport in the UK and elsewhere, helping coaches and sport science practitioners to problematise their practice, and supporting them in their developmental journey. His job title is probably Coach Developer but he prefers disruptor, meddler, or cage-rattler.

FILM: A Well Trodden Path (the distance between two places) by Janice Howard (Oxford Brookes University). 

This experimental video originates from a walk with the artist’s mother who lives with Parkinson’s disease along with associated research into the ways in which running could be used as a speculative tool within art practice to investigate personal memory, time and the ineffable.

“We are more alike than we are different\”: Co-Creating Intergenerational Theatre, Georgina Binnie, University of Leeds. Writing Back is an intergenerational letter-writing project that tackles loneliness and improves wellbeing by matching University of Leeds students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents. Since 2014, the pen pals’ correspondence has provided a powerful testimony as to the impact of loneliness on both age demographics. In 2016-17, a collaboration between Writing Back and Fall into Place, a local, community-theatre group, led to the pen pals’ letters being transformed into two innovative and cross-generational performances. This presentation with multi-media footage and the reflections of the cast and the audience, advocates for the power of intergenerational theatre to create health-related and community change across the generations.

FILM & PRESENTATION: Cultural Rivers presented by Melanie Hani, (Loughborough University) and Elaine Drainville, (University of Sunderland) explores the effectiveness  ‘Static Animation’ (Hani 2014) and ‘Axiom Documentary’ (Drainville 2014) to identify particular problems in regard to children who are first generational immigrants in the UK.

FILM & PERFORMANCE: Loneliness Connects Us: Co-research and interactive performance in youth loneliness research: Jana Wendler, Freelance Game Designer: In this paper we share our experience with the Loneliness Connects Us project, a one-year co-research project that involved young people, researchers, mental health practitioners and artists in exploring issues of youth loneliness.  Framed by a film made of the performance, we will reflect on the unique peer research approach, the making and reception of the interactive piece and the lessons we learnt for engaged, empowering research.

Loneliness Connects Us: Young people exploring and experiencing loneliness and connection

PERFORMANCE: Sarah’s story: one woman’s experience of the Street Football Team England programme for people experiencing homelessness by Emily Whyte. In this performance, I will share a story from my ongoing masters research, which is exploring how Street Football Team England can empower people to seek a pathway out of homelessness.

INSTALLATION: The Famous Fifty, Coalville and the Iceberg Effect. Presented by
Deana Wildgoose
 MULTIMEDIA: I Think About It Every day: Re-Performing the embodiments of war through the use of multi modal methods and documentary theatre, Presented by David Jackson (University of Exeter). including two multi modal films,   Three Days Down South which explores the embodiments of loss for a best friend who was killed during the Falkland’s War and the documentary theatre play Minefield,  performed by three Argentine veterans and three British veterans who fought against each other in the Falkland’s/Malvinas war and co produced the play.

PERFORMANCE: ‘Child-Shifting’ and ‘Reunification’ : The psychological Implications for British African Caribbean Women by Christa Welsh, Metanoia Institute. This autoethnographic study focuses retrospectively on selective childhood epiphanies of home and social life in Grenada and the subsequent trauma of reunification (aged nine) with my parents and siblings in London.
FILM & PRESENTATION: “Reborn” presented by Matthew Staples, Leeds Beckett University.

 A short film portraying the experiences of a qualified PE teacher with a disability based on life-story interviews.

PERFORMANCE: The Mystical Scientist: In Search of the Fountain of Youth by Dawn Woolley, Leeds Arts University.
Adverts for The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth range contain stem cells extracted from marine plants, placing the product at the cutting edge of scientific technology. At the same time the adverts claim the products contain a few drops of the fountain of youth.
Embodying the voices of anti-ageing adverts, Woolley performs as The Mystical Scientist drawing on a diverse range of ideas from cultural theorists, psychoanalysts, photographers, philosophers and theoretical physicists.

PERFORMANCE: Unconscious into Concsious: A personal story of emergent creativity in response to trauma. Jan Filer (BACP, PTUK, Sherborne International Association, University of Bristol).  This auto-ethnography is set in the genre of dance/movement. It shows how, as therapist and client, I integrate creative arts into therapy. This experiential insight ‘Shows’ as much as it ‘tells’ about my story and what it is like to be me as I inquire into the meaning of living my life as a piece of research.

Whirlpool & Reverberations are two short films that stem from research exploring bullying. In “Whirlpool” we attempt  to amplify experiences of participants that are difficult or impossible to voice about being bullied while in “Reverberations” the researchers attempt to reflect on their own experiences.

PAPER: Critical Arts-Based Research: A Performance of Provocation presented by Carl Bagley, (Queen’s University Belfast). The paper from a Critical Race Theory standpoint draws on data from life history interviews with undocumented Mexican-Americans, and live performance work with Mexican-American artists, to reflect on the ways in which critical arts-based research impacts upon research participants as artists, subjects, and audience. ..Our intent in this paper is to draw on post-performance interviews and correspondence with artists, subjects and audience members to critically reflect on participant impact; an impact which in this article we are calling a performance of provocation.

‘Emotional Fit’: an autoethnographic story of ‘being engaged’ by academic researchers by Jackie Goode, (Visiting Fellow in Qualitative Research). The ‘baby boomers’ in this study are women who are the product of the cultural revolution of the 1960s, and who consequently have a strong sense of their own ‘agency’, as conveyed through their clothing and style. These women now find themselves stepping into the unknown territory of a limited market. ‘Emotional Fit’ tells the story from the perspective of one of the participants – a less familiar kind of account from a member of the ‘ageing female 
demographic’ public with whom the academics engaged.


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