Author Archives: alison jeffers

About alison jeffers

I am an academic working in theatre and performance.

The Dissenters

The rhetoric of dissent During our research we were really struck by Clare Higney’s metaphor in her report on the links between community arts and the trade union movement, when she described the community artist as the awkward person ‘standing … Continue reading

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Live Well:Make Art

A group of health professionals, arts activists, academics and cultural producers in Greater Manchester have been discussing links between arts and health and whether connections between the two can be explored though the idea of social movements. Alan Higgins, the … Continue reading

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The art of hospitality

Over the last year Alison has been working on a research project with three refugee organisations in Bristol – Bristol Hospitality Network, Dignity of Asylum Seekers and Barton Hill Walled Garden. Alison, Emily Cuming from the University of Leeds and … Continue reading

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Participation and community plays

Part of the reason for setting up this blog was to post about academic research to an audience who might not otherwise read it – academic books are expensive and articles are often only accessible to those in academic institutions … Continue reading

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It was thirty years ago…

It was thirty years ago… In November 2014 Cartwheel Arts in Rochdale celebrated thirty years of its existence as a community arts organisation. Cartwheel Community Arts (as it was then) was set up in 1984 through a collaborative partnership between … Continue reading

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Social Archiving: a legacy of community arts?

One of the reasons for starting this blog was to make our research into community arts more accessible. Academic research isn’t always the most transparent medium; sometimes the style of writing can be really obscure or just dull; sometimes too … Continue reading

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Room for risk?

In April of this year, Gerri Moriarty facilitated an ArtsLab for postgraduate students from Goldsmiths, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. This was organised by the Barbican as part of its … Continue reading

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