FRC Workshop on using arts to improve food research held

FRC Workshop on using arts to improve food research held

On May 11, the Food Research Collaboration hosted an all-day workshop on using the arts to improve research and dialogue on food, jointly organised with Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network (BSUFN) and the Centre for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR).

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Participants were able to opt for experimenting with one of three arts-based activities (Collage, Photography/Film and Theatre/Drama), under the guidance of facilitators experienced in the use of creative participatory methods for research.

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One of the groups, led by Bella Wheeler, used magazines as source material for creating food-themed collages, which were then discussed and presented in pairs.

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The Theatre/Drama mini-workshop was facilitated by Tom Wakeford and a group of drama professionals. Participants took turns to debate food issues; the topics that came out of this debate were then used as a starting point for devising and performing mini-plays about the food system.

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Meanwhile, the Photo/Film group, guided by Rachael Taylor, split to investigate the area on and around the City University London campus, trying to find food-related stories that can be told in images or in a documentary.

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Later in the day, outcomes and conclusions were shared with all in a debate chaired by Ruth Segal.

More photos from the workshop can be found on our Flickr account. Watch a video of highlights from the day:

Download the paper here “Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue”.


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