Anna Powell, Steve Swindells
ROTO Transdisciplinary Dialogue and Debate: A Public Engagement Case Study
Institution of corresponding author
University of Huddersfield
Public engagement; contemporary art; creative citizenship; partnership
The researchers are interested in the way that interpretation acts as a pivot between academic research and public engagement, mediating multiple perspectives.
In this conference paper they present the ROTOR public engagement exhibitions programme arising from collaboration between Huddersfield Art Gallery and staff and students of Huddersfield University as a case study. The programme’s overall aim is to introduce new audiences to contemporary art and design, and also to counter the ‘ivory tower’ perception of academics and their research.
The paper concludes that the initiative has been successful in attracting new audiences, and by providing cultural enrichment to the area. The authors indicate areas for further research, into the value of engagement and understanding its less easily measured impacts.
You will find this article useful in planning and executing collaborations between cultural organisations and universities, and in reflecting on the purpose and design of evaluation