Interrogating Form: Creative and Cultural Participatory Practice


13th June  11am – 5pm.        Newbridge Project, Carliol House, Market Street, Newcastle  

Free, but please bring your own lunch (cafes and shops nearby)

Where environments and communities are stressed, scenes of hope and resistance persist. This workshop thinks about the place of cultural and creative participatory practice in the formation of such scenes. Some approaches can disrupt taken for granted norms and conventions – bringing them to the surface and holding them to account. They can make shared contexts for witnessing, representing and intervening in social and environmental injustices. They can open space for new possibilities. But not always. What prevents and what enables these processes to take place? What in turn do they enable and prevent? What specific roles do forms of creative practice have to play?

Here we will do, make and move as we explore these questions through a number of methods such as video, photography, and theatre-making. We will draw on specific case studies to engage with key critical questions for challenging times and challenged places, and finish with a discussion that investigates different kinds of witness and intervention that are enabled by creative and cultural participatory practices.

The day event organised by Prof Rachel Pain (GPS, Newcastle University) and Dr Ruth Raynor (APL, Newcastle University) will involve extended workshops with Dr Caitlin Cahill (Central University of New York) and Prof Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, London) as well as a series of shorter interventions, and space for in-depth discussion. Places are limited so to register please email A small number of travel bursaries are available for applicants with no funding to support conference attendance. Please apply by emailing Ruth explaining your situation and reason for coming (200 words max).

Sponsored by: The Participatory Geographies Research Group; The Geographies of Social Change Research Cluster (GPS); Newcastle University Global Urban Research Unit.