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Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

WSA and Tate Liverpool Attend Connected Communities Showcase Event in London

Published: 24 May 2013

WSA and Tate Liverpool attended a recent Connected Communities Showcase event in central London, a celebration of research undertaken under the Connected Communities programme.

Funded by Research Councils including the AHRC and ESRC, Connected Communities aims to support academics and community partners to understand “the importance of communities and their changing place in our lives”. The Connected Communities Showcase was made up of mixture of presentations, workshops, interactive and participatory break-outs, posters, exhibitions and performances, foregrounding the exciting research being undertaken under the scheme. Some of the events have been captured on film at the AHRC website .

WSA and Tate Liverpool were successful in gaining funding from Creative Communities for a seven-year doctoral research programme entitled Creative communities in art & design since the 1960s: lessons for socio-economic regeneration in a globalized world. Four PhD students are examining the creative art and design communities associated with and generated by pop culture in Britain and its many legacies since the 1960s. They will study the rise of Pop as British and world society changed dramatically in that decade, creating new communities who made, consumed and transformed art and daily life over the next forty years.

WSA will soon be starting to work with other schools on shared MA programmes with Connected Community elements. Watch this space!

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