Each year, Goldsmiths’ Public Engagement Strategy Group invites academics to develop new projects to inspire the public.
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Researchers at all career stages are encouraged to make proposals for up to £1,000 of internal seed funding. With this, they can initiate projects and design events that spark curiosity and get the public involved with their work.
Below, find out what the PESG look for when they're allocating funding and what an academic's application must include, as well as what projects are running this year.
Research led - Clear, strong connection to research, including practice research
Audience focus - Evidence that the activity is aimed at specific audience(s) / public(s)
Mutual benefit - Demonstrable benefits to audience/publics, researchers, research, partners and participants (as appropriate)
Innovation - Creative means of engaging audiences/publics
Quality - Evidence of thorough planning including specific aims, timings, a realistic budget, evaluation and opportunities for learning
Sustainability - The potential for ongoing benefits including research outputs, strengthened collaborations/partnerships, further public engagement
How to apply
Academics must submit an application form explaining and outlining key areas of the project, including:
- Research base
- Intended audiences
- Cultural/community partners
- Locations and venues
- Aims, evaluation and opportunities for reflection
- Benefit and sustainability
- Outline of costs and justification of resources
The Public Engagement Strategy Group reviews all submissions and decides which projects to allocate funding.
This year's projects (2019/20)
Dr Anthony Faramelli, Visual Cultures, £495
In partnership with the charity Single Homeless Project (SHP), 'Recovery in Action' seeks to educate and raise awareness of how different disadvantages (whether it be gang affiliation or mental health) affect young people.
It comprises of eight workshops where young people visually express their experiences of survival and recovery through drawing and printmaking. The series culminates with an exhibition at Deptford X showcasing the work produced and a discussion with participants, Meghan O’Malley (SHP’s Art Coordinator) and Dr Anthony Faramelli in Design about new approaches to wellbeing for service users.
Jimmy Loizeau, Design, £1000
'Illegal Town Plan' brings together several initiatives Jimmy Loizeau in the Design Department has previously supported in Rhyl, North Wales, which all ask the question: how does design encourage thinking, ambition and inclusion in a time of divisive populism?
The mediums to be exhibited include film and album production as well as confectionery in the form of limited-edition Rhyl rock.
Dr Lorenzo Pezzani, Centre for Research Architecture (Visual Cultures), £985
'Tempi Morti or Dead Times' is a two-day workshop followed by an exhibition of the outcomes by Dr Lorenzo Pezzani and the Centre for Research Architecture as part of Visual Cultures. It seeks to visualise how ‘hostile environment’ policies affect migrant lives through the creation of a time chart where participants expressed migrants’ experiences of time under conditions of intensified surveillance and abandonment.
The final charts were exhibited and made accessible to all participants as tools for advocacy, analysis and the struggle against the violence of borders.
Dr Michaela Ross, Educational Studies, £775
'The Art of Protest' was a response to the exhibition 'Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about?' at Bethlem Gallery 7 Sep – 15 Nov 2019, which aimed to increase awareness of mental health issues and showcase the relevance of Goldsmith's research and practice in relation to mental health.
An Educational Studies venture, it saw banners, placards and protest objects created in three workshops before being carried in a celebratory march across the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust on World Mental Health Day.
Rose Sinclair, Design, £487
In response to the V&A having no specific Caribbean Gallery, only guided tours that pick out objects around the museum, Rose, in Design, proposed a series of activities which allowed engagement with 3 specific objects to be found on the tours.
Rose Sinclair invited visitors to engage in an intimate workshop exploring the object, its history and then relate it back to their own personal stories.
Sudip Chakroborthy, Theatre and Performance, £910
'Identity and Plural Society' is a set of Theatre and Performance workshops in both the UK and Bangladesh (aiming to investigate notions of identity and plural society), highlighting the significance of diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change.
Tassia Kobylinska, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, £300
'My Home is Not My Home' by Tassia Kobylinska in MCC, is a multi-media exhibition of work created by The Voice of Domestic Workers (a support network and campaign group). It is raising awareness of domestic worker lives and experiences as part of a campaign for amendments to the Modern Slavery and Immigration Act.
The film screening at the Shoreditch gallery L’étrangére was held in 2019 as part of a VODW event, while four exhibitions of artworks, photography and artefacts will take place between January and July 2020.
Dr Vicky Macleroy, Centre for Language, Culture and Learning (Educational Studies), £700
'Our Planet – A Multilingual Poetry Workshop and Digital Storytelling Festival' saw Dr Vicky Macleroy bring together 60 young people from 6 London-based schools (including Croatian Supplementary School, Bulgarian School Vasil Levski and The Peace School) to share their stories and explore their understandings of multilingualism.
An event for the students, teachers, parents, grandparents, researchers and key partners exhibited the film created and it was live-streamed to schools in Luxembourg and Cyprus, as part of the initiative by the Centre for Language, Culture and Learning.