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New Paper on Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue

Everyone can speak the language of food because we must all eat. Equally, everyone can engage in creative activities regardless of their perceived ability.

Collage as a creative method to explore food issues. Photo from BSUFN-FRC workshop held in London in May 2016.

Last year BSUFN teamed up with the Food Research Collaboration (City University London) and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (Coventry University) to host a workshop on using arts-based methods for research and dialogue around food issues. The use of creative methods facilitates engagement and can initiaite dialogue with a range of groups, from community groups, to private sector elites, to researchers and academics.

 

Today, the Food Research Collaboration has published a new briefing paper on ‘Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue’. This paper came out of the success of the workshop held in London in May 2016. The paper was co-authored by members of BSUFN along with other academics and civil society groups. You can read the briefing paper here.

Drama as a creative method to explore food issues. Photo from BSUFN-FRC workshop in London in May 2016.

The paper particularly examines creative arts-based methods through a participatory and community-centred approach to research and community engagement.  The briefing paper explores the use of photography, drama, and collage, providing details of the approach, method, and other considerations, as well as case studies of how the methods have been used for engagement on food issues. It is hoped that this briefing paper will be of interest to researchers and civil society groups who are working on food-related issues.

A range of resources and information about the different methods, including additional examples from case studies and the outputs from the BSUFN-FRC workshop held in 2016 are available here.

New Resource Launched: Creative Methods for Food Research and Dialogue

On the 11th of May 2016, BSUFN co-hosted a workshop on using creative, arts-based methods to improve research, community engagement and dialogue on food issues. The workshop brought a range of academic and non-academic participants together to explore the ways in which arts-based methods can be use to address food-related issues in a variety of contexts and for a range of purposes.

Workshop participants exploring food issues through drama and theatre

Workshop participants exploring food issues through drama and theatre

Held in London, the workshop was co-hosted with the Food Research Collaboration (FRC, City University London) and the People’s Knowledge research group based at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR, Coverty University).

During the day, workshop participants were able to explore the use of three creative methods through hands-on activities in order to experience the methods first-hand and identify the benefits and challenges of using the methods. The three cretive methods explored during the workshop were drama and theatre, art and collage, and photography and film.

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

Following the success of the workshop in May 2016 and in response to demand and growing interest in the use of arts-based methods, BSUFN are pleased to be launching a new resource providing information about the use of art in research and community engagement activities, including examples of artworks and relevant projects.

Collage exploring food issues produced by a workshop participant

Collage exploring food issues produced by a workshop participant

There is now an area of our website dedicated to creative and arts-based methods. These pages include examples of artworks produced during the May 2016 workshop in London, as well as descriptions of how these methods were explored during the event. There are extensive bibliographies for creative methods in research and engagement including references for the three key methods BSUFN have focused on to date: art and collage, drama and theatre, and photography and film. The resource also provides links to relevant projects which have used arts-based methods for exploring food issues, and useful external resources.

We will be adding new resources to these webpages frequently. If there are additional resources you think we should include, or something you would like more information on related to the use of creative methods in food research and dialogue, please get in touch via email to food.network@sussex.ac.uk or use the comments box below. Any feedback on this resource is appreciated as we continue to develop it and build ongoing discourse around these issues.

If you are involved in a project which uses creative, arts-based methods to explore food issues, or you are interested in developing a project, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch via email to food.network@sussex.ac.uk or use the comments box below.