Situating the Arts and Creative Community Engagement at the Heart of Strategic Local, National and International Decision-making

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation


In this interactive lecture, we explored a project funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council that ensured sustained access to the arts for all ages in a Scottish region. The place-based knowledge exchange programme worked with multiple local and national partners to help tackle education, health, and socio-economic inequalities through the arts.

Throughout this talk, we reflected on the power of Art to tackle issues such as epistemic injustice by engaging with creative-relational approaches that privilege the person and their life story rather than a statistic that may be meaningless and/or misrepresent them.

With a strong focus on community engagement and collaboration across sectors, the project brought together key stakeholders and community members supporting community led initiatives which cut across early year’s education, healthy ageing, community safety and social justice, and health and wellbeing. It helped the Council co-produce a long-term sustainable arts strategy which supported more integrated and effective decision making which cut across sectors to address issues and inequalities.
Period1 Apr 2022
Event titleErasmus visit to the University of Lisbon
Event typeConference