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#WeTheRural

#WeTheRural

#WeTheRural is a research cluster based within the Institute for Creative Arts Practice brings together different strands of creative arts practice and research associated with the materiality, representation and imagination of rurality. We aim to support an interdisciplinary dialogue across arts, humanities, the social and natural sciences about what creative arts practice might offer in rural contexts, and how this in turn might be linked with wider research and policy agendas of social justice and sustainable development in the countryside.
 
Our collaborative expertise draws on environmental music, folk, sound art, film and creative writing associated with rural areas; architecture, design research and visual art situated in rural and heritage landscapes; participatory and rural site-specific artworks; and, wider, creative arts practice that explores rural lives, challenges local and regional development narratives, and questions the social construction of rurality.

Summer 2020: An asynchronous conference: ‘We, the Rural’

As a way to celebrate this diversity and become familiar with the multiple ways we and our partners engage with the rural, we held an asynchronous conference where we asked members of our community to talk about their research, creative arts practice or organisation in relation to this notion of creative arts practice in and about the countryside. We are extremely honoured to share with you a selection of this collection, showcasing some of the multiple facets of our artistic research and engagement with the rural.
 
Keep in mind that all these videos were made during Covid-19 lockdown and that there are many colleagues and organisations that we work with that would normally contribute but couldn’t contribute during this time.
 
We look forward to welcoming you all to our Rural cluster. If you would like to join us please contact menelaos.gkartzios@newcastle.ac.uk or frances.rowe@ncl.ac.uk
 
Follow us on Twitter using #WeTheRural 
 
Tweet 1 of 17 is here
Introduction to #WeTheRural conference provided by Menelaos Gkartzios, Reader in Planning & Rural Development, Newcastle University
Posted Wed 8th July 2020 
 
Conference Videos
 
Tweet 2 of 17 is here
Video provided by Menelaos Gkartzios, Reader in Planning & Rural Development, Newcastle University
Posted Fri 10th July 2020
 
Tweet 3 of 17 is here
Video provided by Irene Brown, Artist & Head of Fine Art, Newcastle University
Posted Wed 15th July 2020

Tweet 4 of 17 is here
Videos provided by Niki Black, Research Assistant/Associate, Newcastle University and Rebecca Farley, Research Associate, Newcastle University
Posted Fri 17th July 2020
 
Tweet 5 of 17 is here
Video provided by James Lowther, Head of Visual Art, Berwick Visual Arts
Posted Wed 22nd July 2020
 
Tweet 6 of 17 is here
Video provided by Joanne Coates, Artist in Residence, Berwick Visual Arts
Posted Fri 24th July 2020 

Tweet 7 of 17 is here
Video provided by Gemma Burditt, Animator and Illustrator
Posted Wed 29th July 2020

Tweet 8 of 17 is here
Video provided by Paul Cowie, Research Fellow, Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University
Posted Fri 31st July 2020

Tweet 9 of 17 is here
Video provided by Helen Pailing, Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC)
Posted Wed 5th Aug 2020

Tweet 10 of 17 is here
Video provided by Sam Douglas, Artist in Residence, Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) 
Posted Fri 7th Aug 2020

Tweet 11 of 17 is here
Video provided by Bridget Kennedy, Artist in Residence, Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) & PT Studio Tutor, Fine Art, Newcastle University
Posted Wed 12th Aug 2020

Tweet 12 of 17 is here
Video provided by Shane Finan, Artist in Residence, Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC)
Posted Fri 14th Aug 2020

Tweet 13 of 17 is here 
Video provided by Lucy May Schofield, Artist and past Artist in Residence, Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC)
Posted Wed 19th Aug 2020

Tweet 14 of 17 is here
Video provided by Simon McKerrell, Reader in Music and Society, Newcastle University
Posted Fri 21st Aug 2020

Tweet 15 of 17 is here
Video provided by Sabina Sallis, Artist and Doctoral Researcher, Newcastle University
Posted Wed 26th Aug 2020

Tweet 16 of 17 is here
Video provided by Julie Crawshaw, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University
Posted Fri 28th Aug 2020

Tweet 17 of 17 is here
Video provided by Menelaos Gkartzios, Reader in Planning & Rural Development, Newcastle University
Posted Wed 2nd Sept 2020

 Responses from our community

 Tweet posted Mon 27th July 2020
Video from Dave Pritchard, Independent Consultant here
 
Tweet posted Mon 17th Aug 2020
Video from Lori Ann McVay, Sociologist and Career Counsellor at Michigan Works! Southwest Workforce Development Institute, USA here

Tweet posted Mon 24th Aug 2020
Video from Carole McCourt, Artist here
 
Tweet posted Mon 31st Aug 2020
Video from Beth Clark, Research Associate and Public Engagement Officer, Newcastle University here
 
Tweet posted Wed 16th Sep 2020
Video from Fram Kitagawa, Art Director and Chairman at Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan here

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