Art and Collage

This page provides information and resources about using art, collage, and sculpture as creative methods for use in research, community engagement, and dialogue creation. The page includes details of the art and collage mini-workshop held in London on the 11th of May 2016 as part of the BSUFN, FRC and CAWR workshop. In addition, there are details of publications and other resources which are relevant.

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.

A 'mind map' on the theme of food which participants created to initiate dialogue

A ‘mind map’ on the theme of food which participants created to initiate dialogue

During a workshop on Using Creative Methods to Improve Research and Dialogue on Food, held in London and May 2016, participants joined a mini-workshop on using art and collage. The group began by creating a ‘mind map’ of food issues and then used collage as a method to explore those issues in depth to create narrative and dialogue.

Some of the collages and artworks created during this workshop are displayed below. Themes which emerged through the collage-making process and dialogue included: Urban, cities, and access; identity, culture, and gender; poverty and community; production and global links; local government and governance structures; access to decision-making and political engagement.

A full report on the workshop is available by following this link: Creative Methods Workshop Report (opens pdf).

Collage Outputs from the Workshop in London

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