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Social Role of the Artist: a research workshop

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Date: 14 September 2022
Time: 14:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free
Location: Online
Infographic containing blue wires against a purple background. Text in white reads: "The social role of the artist: a research workshop. 14 September, 2pm to 4pm"

Have your say about our next research topic: the social role of the artist.  

The Centre for Cultural Value conducts regular research reviews – a rapid assessment of published literature to present a ‘snapshot’ of the research across a topic. We share these summary findings in an accessible digest, so it can usefully shape future practice and policy. 

Our next review will focus on the social role of the artist. Join us to set our agenda and help shape future cultural policy that best supports artists. 


What is the role of the artist in society, and how do we capture their social value? 

The artist’s role in society has long been a topic of debate. Over the last decade, in the face of large global challenges, these conversations have become more relevant than ever. This is especially the case as artists adapt their practice to respond to social, environmental and political issues. 

But how do we understand what role artists play in society? 

This interactive workshop will refine the scope of our next research review so it’s as useful and relevant as possible to artists, cultural practitioners, voluntary and community groups, arts organisations, institutions and those who fund cultural activity and develop cultural policy. 

Our research review will examine the evidence base surrounding the social role of the artist. It will explore artists working within communities, artists’ role in relation to place, socially engaged practice and artists’ livelihoods. The themes within this will be shaped and refined with your input. 

The workshop will focus on present-day society, so historical research into the social role of the artist is out of scope. 


Shaping our research topic – where should we focus? 

The workshop will be facilitated by Chuck Lowry who specialises in art as social practice. We’ll also be welcoming four guest contributors currently working in this field: Kerry Harker, Susan Jones, Eleonora Belfiore and Jacob Thompson-Bell. 

We’ll start by introducing the initial scoping we have done in this area. Then we’ll work together as a group to define the questions and sub-topics you would find most useful for us to include in the research review. 


Who’s this workshop for? 

You’ll be working as an artist, cultural practitioner or curators, with experience or interest in socially engaged practice. Or you might be a researcher or policymaker with a specific interest in this area. 

The workshop has a limited number of spaces which are prioritised for people working in this area. On this occasion, our event isn’t suitable for students. 


What will the resulting research review look like? 

Here’s an example of a research review into everyday creativity. 


Can I contribute to shaping the review in an alternative way? 

If you would like to shape our review but cannot attend the event, or you can attend but would also like to contribute some ideas in writing, please complete this short form 



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