Public Engagement & Performance conference March 15/16 2018 


10:00 Registration
10:30 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

Get a flavour of the diverse project below from the 2017 conference:

Delia MuirDelia Muir, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, University of Leeds took a ‘Lost in Memories’ theatre project workshop. The ‘Lost in Memories’ theatre performance draws on research and testimony about dementia and caring. It was developed collaboratively by theatre makers, researchers, patients and carers. During this interactive workshop, participants will have the chance to work with data from the project and consider how to turn carer testimonies into a live performance.

The public engagement event included live music and films

The Sarajevo Derby Directed by Joel Rockwood

We Crossed The Tamar by Kitrina Douglas & David Carless

The Betrayal Directed by Susan Young

Papers & multi-media presentations included

Sarah Meaney, Maynooth University, Ireland. Dropped Out or Pushed Out?’ who used creative research methods to explore early school leavers’ experience of school exclusion and oppression. Sarah presented filmed snapshots of this research in its dramatic and poetic form.

Oliver Langdon, Co-director, Kilter
David Owen, Project Manager, University of Bristol

presented Invincible a science-Theatre production from synthetic biology centre BrisSynBio. The play reveals the personal and societal conflicts that sit alongside this emerging field of science, immersing audience members in how this new area of science may permeate our culture, opening up new and challenging choices. In their presentation they shared a short video providing a taste of the performance, some of the challenges, motives and opportunities that the work presented and invited delegates to reflect on and critique the approaches used.

Dr Maxine Horne, Six Degrees Social Enterprise / University of Salford presented Roots to Engagement: meeting carers of people living with dementia on Facebook at Slimming World and a Bat ‘n’ Chat.  

Six Degrees are developing a new approach to communicating with people living with dementia (PLWD), we propose a new way of thinking about communication that can reduce frustration and we offer a supportive, reflective space where attendees can work through the difficult feelings that being around dementia can bring up.

Matthew Staples, Leeds Beckett University, took part in the ‘in-progress’ autoethnogrpahy session and presented Supply Agency: An Autoethnography which will form part of his PhD – exploreing the motivations, opportunities, barriers, and realities of disabled Physical Education (PE) teachers working in the profession through storytelling.

Tim Buescher & Tracey Pallet, University of Hull,  presented a paper and interactive session titled Charting Collaborative Explorations of Compulsive Hoarding’ based on our experience of compulsive hoarding and its effects on families as part of Tim’s thesis.

Isabelle van der Bom, Sheffield Hallam University,presented Wallpaper a work of fiction told through videogame technology. This paper reflected on engaging the public with research by exploring a series of public engagement events that were organised as part of a AHRC-funded Reading Digital Fiction (RDF) project (Ref: AH/K004174/1), which aims to raise public awareness of and engagement with digital fiction by: introducing readers to digital fiction, disseminating digital fiction research, and by producing empirical analyses of how readers engage with digital fiction.

Jana Wendler, University of Manchester:presented an interactive game Downpour – street games in climate engagement Imagine: it hasn\’t stopped raining in days and the river banks are collapsing. The risk of flooding is imminent. You and your team of experts have been sent to take immediate action and avert future crises. Can you save the city? 

Philip Kerrigan, University of York: ALIVE: Art between Life and Science. Presented a paper about this is a initiative that paired academics from the University of York with artists.The scheme led to the creation of many engaging new works of art which are currently being shown at York Art Gallery at an exhibition entitled \’ALIVE: Art Between Life and Science\’.

This Artist in Residence Scheme was funded by the University\’s Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, an interdepartmental virtual research centre co-funded by the University and the Wellcome Trust under an Institutional Strategic Support Fund award.

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