Creative Methods and Food

One of the objectives of BSUFN is to collaborate with local community groups and non-academic organisations to enhance the local applicability of research, increase research impact, and co-create research and engagement initiatives. One of the ways we have been exploring this objective is through the use of creative and arts-based methods.

This page and the sub-pages provide a range of resources on the use of creative and arts-based methods in food research and engagement initiatives. These resources include the outputs of a workshop BSUFN co-hosted in London on the 11th of May 2016, as well as examples of artworks on food issues, links to associated research and projects, bibliographies, and other relevant resources.

All images and photographs are courtesy of and copyright to: the Food Research Collaboration, Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network, the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, and individual participants of the workshop held on the 11th of May 2016 at City University London.

Using collage and mapping to explore food issues

Using collage and mapping to explore food issues

Information about the workshop BSUFN co-hosted is below and is also available on the relevant sub-pages. You can find a range of external resources and links to relevant examples. There are also pages which provide information about the use of drama and theatre, art and collage, and photography and film. These pages all include some of the artistic outputs of the workshop held in London in May 2016.

Using the arts to improve research and dialogue on food

On the 11th of May 2016, BSUFN co-hosted a workshop with the Food Research Collaboration (FRC, based at City University London) and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR, Coventry University). The workshop, held in London, explored the use of creative and arts-based methods for improving research and dialogue on food-realted topics. Participants at the workshop came from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds, including university staff, students, non-governmental organisations, the Food Standards Agency, and freelance consultants. A full report on the workshop is available by following this link: Creative Methods Workshop Report (opens pdf)

Workshop participants trying drama as a creative method

Workshop participants trying drama as a creative method

There are a wide range of creative and arts-based methods which can be very productive for engagement for research or dialogue purposes; the one-day workshop focused on three methods. Facilitators ran three hands-on workshops on different creative methods for participants to try, and think about ways they could be used in their own work. The three methods explored during the day were: theatre and drama; collage and mapping; and photography and film.

The Food Research Collaboration has produced this short video of the workshop.

News articles on the workshop have been shared by SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex), the Food Research Collaboration (City University London), and BSUFN.