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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.

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Using the Arts to Improve Research and Dialogue on Food – Workshop

In May BSUFN will be co-hosting a workshop with the Food Research Collaboration, CIty University London, and People’s Knowledge, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University. This workshop will explore the use of arts-based methods for research and dialogue on food-related topics.

The arts could be central to a more participatory approach to researching a healthier and more sustainable food system. That is the premise of this wide-ranging workshop, which addresses a need expressed by researchers on food and farming. It will present a diverse range of arts-based approaches to dialogue with communities, and methods for thinking more creatively about how to create change.

Photograph taken by research participants depiciting collaborative working in farming activities in Northern Ghana

Photograph taken by research participants depiciting collaborative working in farming activities in Northern Ghana

Some members of BSUFN have expereince and expertise in using arts and creative methods for research and public engagement activities. These methods include the use of collage, sculpture, installation, photography, film, and sound. Some of BSUFN’s members will co-convene this workshop along with colleagues from People’s Knowledge, a cross-theme group working at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University.

Collage and mapping being used at the launch of Hastings Bites Back at Hastings Herring Fair 2015

Collage and mapping being used at the launch of Hastings Bites Back at Hastings Herring Fair 2015

Full details of the workshop are avilable on the Food Research Collaboration website which includes a link for registration for the workshop. The event will be held in London and will be free to attend.

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