Collaborative Research Reports

The below reports were written by CWL’s collaborators and critically assess and evaluate some of the collaborative research projects funded.

Collaborative Research Reports

The Copperfield Road Free School Registers

Author: Dr Peter Mitchell, Queen Mary University of London

Research Strand:

Date: November 2015

Abstract:

This report presents the results of the April 2014, Researcher-in-Residence awarded to Dr Peter Mitchell at the Ragged School Museum. The project that Dr Mitchell embarked upon, under the guidance of Erica Davies, the Museum’s director, was to transcribe and conduct research on some surviving registers from the Museum’s time as a free (or “ragged”) school in the late nineteenth century.

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DS Deep Insight

Author: Sara Jones, Paul Bermudez, Amanda Brown, Alex Kachkaev

Research Strand: -

Date: December 2013

Abstract:

This report presents the findings and recommendations from the DS Deep Insight project, aimed at developing an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between Tech City and the Digital Shoreditch Festival in order to better grow, support and strengthen both the Festival itself and the community it supports.

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Making community through music in Spitalfields, London

Author: Madeline Gunn, Carly Lake, Clare Lovett and Jane Wills

Research Strand: -

Date: September 2015

Abstract:

Between 2013 and 2015, funding from Creativeworks London allowed the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London to help Spitalfields Music explore the impact of their work in two primary schools in Tower Hamlets. Researchers looked at the Takeover festivals in Kobi Nazrul and Shapla primary schools. These projects enabled Year 3 pupils to create, programme and produce their own festival to be experienced by their entire school, families and the general public. Research data was collected through interviews with participants, artists, teachers and members of the Spitalfields Music team, focus groups with children and observations of the workshops and performances.

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CREATIVE VOUCHER REPORT – A digitised planning system: scoping study

Author:
Emilia Plotka
Andrew Forth
Geoffrey Makstutis
Dr. Mark Simpkins

Research Strand: Place Work Knowledge (PWK) – Round 7 – Networks

Date: June 2015

Abstract:

This scoping study is a result of the collaboration between Central Saint Martins and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The aim of this “scoping study” was to inform the design of a Digitised Planning System (DPS); evaluating how to extend the economic, social and environmental benefits of ‘big data’ and new technology into planning and design. The ultimate goal is a tool that will revolutionise architectural and urban design processes. However, the potential benefits of a DPS will extend to the general public and creative practitioners across London and beyond.

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CREATIVE VOUCHER REPORT – Becoming Radio Ready: valuing youth radio training

Author:
Dr. Kalbir Shukra
Dr. Sireita Mullings

Research Strand: Demonstrating Value – Round 6 – Audiences Strand

Date: May 2015

Abstract:

This Creative Voucher collaboration was between Reprezent, a London based social enterprise that runs a youth-led radio station and Goldsmiths, University of London researchers, based in the STACS research centre, Centre for Community Engagement Research. The purpose of this work was to explore the ‘value’ of Reprezent’s training and how it is articulated by participants. Although originally envisioned around a youth led radio campaign, the focus was reconfigured around Reprezent’s stage 2 radio training. Interviews were conducted with young people who had been through Reprezent’s suite of training (stage 5 being the final stage) to assess the impact that level 2 training had on them and their readiness for employment.

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CREATIVE VOUCHER REPORT – Research on the impact of Only Connect arts programmes on prevention, reducing reoffending and desistance.

Author: Dr Angela Christopher

Research Strand: Demonstrating Value – Round 6 – Audiences Strand

Date: May 2015

Abstract:

This research was conducted for Only Connect over a 6 month period from May to October 2014 by the Institute of Education, funded by Creativeworks London Creative Voucher Round 6. The focus of the enquiry was to understand the role of the arts in enabling Only Connect (OC) members to become positive contributors, and to identify the value and place of the creative arts to the organisation and the immediate community. This report considers the role of the creative arts in preventing, reducing re-offending and desistence and presents data and contributions from OC users, members, staff and associate artists, attained utilising a mixed method approach.

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CREATIVE VOUCHER REPORT – What’s it Worth? Evidencing the Value of Participation at Theatre Peckham

Author: Dr. Catherine McNamara

Research Strand: Demonstrating Value – Round 6 – Audiences Strand

Date: May 2015

Abstract:

The project included a review of pre-existing reports related to participation in the arts, the benefits of engagement with the arts for young people and cultural value of the arts more broadly, as well as qualitative interviews with 34 young people from Theatre Peckham, two schools and a college in the London Borough of Southwark and London Bubble, another theatre organisation that provides education and training for young people. The young people were all aged between 14 and 21 years.

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CREATIVE VOUCHER REPORT – Turning Social Media into a Creative Conversation

Author: Claire Levy, Stephanie Pickerill, Imogen Slater

Research Strand:Open Round – Round 4 – PWK/Digital/Audiences

Date: May 2015

Abstract:

This report is the final output of the ‘Turning Social Media into a Creative Conversation’ Creativeworks London project, which involves a partnership between IJAD Dance Company and the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) Goldsmiths. CUCR are the research partner and this report is designed to give an overview of the data and qualitative feedback collated and how the project evolved throughout the process both in content collation and the creative responses to that content.

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CREATIVE VOUCHER REPORT – The World in a Cube – Project Report

Author: New Media Networks

Research Strand: Mobility and Mobile Culture – Round 1 – Digital Economy Strand

Date: May 2015

Abstract:

New Media Networks (NMN) has the licence to Tate & Lyle’s film archive for educational purposes. From March 2013 until August 2013 NMN and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image collaborated to research and develop creative opportunities for public engagement with these films. This is a unique archive of approximately 300 films; its significance to East London cannot be overstated and one of the key aims of the project has been to enable the communities whose families helped to build the company’s history to engage or re-engage with this heritage. Public access is, therefore, the motivating force at the heart of this project. Funding from Creativeworks London has supported NMN and Birkbeck in developing a prototype for delivering learning and engagement processes to meet the objective determined within the licence granted to NMN by Tate & Lyle. The following report details and evaluates the work that was undertaken to achieve this goal.

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Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.