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Action Research Projects

Home Made
Aug 08 - Jan 09

Part of ‘Beyond Borders: making connections’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) knowledge transfer scheme led by Loughborough University. The 'Home Made' project was coordinated by City Arts, Nottingham.


An installation of textiles made by a group of women refugees and asylum seekers at the Vine Centre Nottingham with accompanying soundscape. The work was made during a series of workshops facilitated by Heather Connelly and Rosie Hobbs and was coordinated by Alma Cunliffe from City Arts. During the workshops participants explored issues of belonging and learned different textile techniques and processes.

image of blured hands making purple felt with bubble wrap
         Home Makers
Lost in Louth
Creative Evaluation Event
Sept 08
Louth, Lincolnshire

Part of the 'Lost in Louth' Public Art commission by Rupert Clamp and programme devised for the The Gatherums and Springside Regeneration Group funded by ACE East Midlands.



Lead Artist/coordinator for a day event that I devised to explore the potential of employing artists and various creative means to gather evaluative data. The event utilised the concept behind Rupert Clamps commission and was organised with the community group. It included a Treasure Trail by Toby Smith, a Renga workshop by ,a guided walk by local historian Stuart Sizer and a specially designed cake by Heather Connelly, the event was documented by Rogan Berkley. The evaluation took the form of a DVD and illustrated report.

cake with business cards featuring comments by event participants
        Creative Evaluation
No Place Like Home
May 06 - Dec 07
Hopewell Farm Housing Estate, Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

A case study for Creative Regeneration Programme funded by Three Valleys Housing Corporation and ACE East Midlands.


Lead Artist - a research project exploring the potential of the arts within social regeneration. The project tested out a number of approaches to working with the residents on this established estate that was in the process of being regenerated. The aim was to engage with a range of age groups across the estate and work with a number of different artists from a range of disciplines.

B&W bunting made from photographs of the estate
         No Place Like Home
Time Exchange
July - Sept 06
Nottingham Contemporary

A CoLab project commissioned by Angel Row Gallery, Bonnington Galley & Nottingham City Council for the Nottingham Contemporary (previously known as CCAN) whilst it's foundations were being laid.


A project designed to engage and consult passersby: to investigate the potential of broadening their audience. Using a flexible and reactive approach to gather information on audience development. This took the form of a temporary intervention on site, to draw attention the new building, and the findings being deseminated on the hoardings and delivered to the board via an illustrated report to inform Nottingham Contemporary's future programme.

reflections of people sat on weekday cross reflected in red perspex box
         Time Exchange
June - Sept 04
Mobile Library Rutland

This project was part of ‘Public Art – Cooperative Enquiry' for Arts Council England. Action based research focusing on public art audience development.

A project designed in collaboration with Jo Dacombe, looking at audience development for Public Arts within the rural community. Jo and I spent a number of weeks visiting and revisiting the Library, entering into a dialogue with the users. Handing out specially designed 'prompt' cards to elicit response and to engage the users with discussions about the area, the needs, benefits and ideas for potential 'public art' and where it could be sited.

hand preparing flower for project