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Life Work Art

Communities of creative professionals focused on activism, participatory and socially-engaged practice

Life Work Art connects researchers with communities of creative professionals in local and global contexts, and includes research centred on activism, participatory and socially-engaged practice.

To make our research societally relevant, a fundamental principle underpinning this theme has been developing our capabilities for co-designing and co-producing research with our partners, for example with Makerere University, NGOs in East Africa and Newcastle University Business School.

In 2018-20 we developed innovate entrepreneurship and creative strategies for practitioners in East Africa, helping build sustainable visual art eco-systems. In our region, we embed our research in creative industries, for instance in the Newbridge Project and Northern Stage theatre, where our Knowledge Transfer Partnership (2019) supported both creative digital, and business innovation.