Participation & Location

UEP’s Principal Investigator, Andy Miles will be outlining UEP findings at this Voluntary Arts Network event at Salford University.


The Understanding Everyday Participation session will focus on the interim research findings from the UEP project. The panel includes: 

Dr Andrew Miles Reader in Sociology – Manchester University

Peter Stark Chair – Voluntary Arts

Michael Simpson Director of Visual Arts & Engagement – The Lowry

Mary Sackville West Campaign Manager – BBC Arts: Get Creative

Bernadette Conlon CEO – Start in Salford

“When Salford took the bold step of acquiring the docks, the area had a declining industrial base with high unemployment, poor housing and a degraded physical environment. It is now home to high-tech industries (BBC, ITV, Independent Production companies etc.) new flats and apartments, retail, leisure and sporting facilities, museums and art galleries (Lowry & Imperial War Museum). Contrast that with the adjacent Ordsall housing estate, which is one of the disadvantaged and deprived communities in England, ranked 399 out of 32,482 in the latest Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

The seminar will discuss whether the long-term investment in Media City has paid dividends, including increasing levels of engagement and participation in the arts. Or, alternatively, created more barriers to engagement by fashioning two Salfords… sitting side by side, with a distinct ‘them and us’ culture.” *

By the end of the seminar attendees will:

  • Know more about the latest research undertaken by Manchester University on ‘Understanding Everyday Participation’ by way of a seminar, featuring UEP’s Principal Investigator, Andy Miles 
  • Be aware of the variety of cultural partnerships underway in Salford and what they are achieving.
  • Be aware of the impact that embedded arts projects can have on local communities.
  • Understand more about ‘Our Cultural Commons’ and the work of Voluntary Arts.

* this text is cut and pasted from the above document


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