Public Engagement & Performance conference March 15/16 2018 


10:00 Registration10:30 Welcome & Introduction Kitrina Douglas
10:40 Opening keynote Sarah Smith
11:00 Workshops 1 "theatre workshop" 2 "autoethnography-in-progress"
13:00 Lunch & time to explore the Hepworth galleries
14:00 Film & Live performance open to the public
17:00 Day one finish 
18:00 Evening social wakefield (venue tbc)


10:00 Round table discussion with directors and producers
11:00 Presentations sessions one - paper & multi media 
13:00 Lunch & time to explore Hepworth galleries 
14:00 Presentations sessions two - paper & multi media 
15:15 Break 
15:30 Presentations sessions three - paper & multi media

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.

“Stories form the frontline” explores the practice relationships between a performance coach and coach developer and is 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.
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.
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.
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). There is much at stake in the claim ‘to know’ the embodied experience of war and in turn how to represent these narratives beyond conventional modes of representation that are often determined by didactic agendas which objectify war veterans. The performance consists of 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: “I still get the looks” Matthew Staples (Leeds Beckett University). This film draws on part of my PhD exploring the commitment, opportunities, and the role identity plays for qualified Physical Education teachers with a disability and/or impairment. The aim of the research is to question assumptions, ideologies and discourses surrounding disability and impairment within education through a critical lens.
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.
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.
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.
FILM & PRESENTATION: ‘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.
WORKSHOP/PERFORMANCE: The Famous Fifty : Coalville and the Iceberg Effec by Deana Wildgoose. Audience designed exhibitions – underpinned with the sharing of Think! tools  – make a difference in developing ‘community’.  This is what we The Hero Project CIC believes in and is passionate about. We have named this the ‘Ice Berg Effect’ and we would like to measure the impact of what we do in a simple and effective way. We are looking for help to do this.


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