Creativity in Research Cluster Showcase: Future Methods and Research Practices

How can creative practice-based research methodologies help shape different futures in academia and society?

The following digital showcase forms part of our event for the Summer Research Festival, taking place on Monday 14th June – 15.00-16.30. The event will include a series of mini-presentations from members of the Creativity in Research Cluster, showcasing our work, followed by discussion with Q&A. Book your tickets here…

Rachel Carney

Creative Writing in Art Museums

I’m completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing with co-supervision from Cardiff University and Aberystwyth University. My thesis examines the use of ekphrastic poetry as a tool for visitor engagement in art museums, and I’m working with National Museum Wales to investigate the practical implications of this.

I’ll be talking about my Instagram project – Art&Words. I’ve been working with a group of participants inviting them to respond to artwork from the museum’s collection. Their poems will be posted on Instagram with the invitation for others to respond, writing their own poems or other creative written response. The aim is to facilitate an ongoing creative conversation, as more and more people respond.

If you’d like to find out more, you can watch this 15 minute long presentation which explains my research in more detail.

Writing in the Museum

Catherine Cartwright

Participatory Art and Cultural Geography

My PhD is examining trauma-informed participatory arts practice. I am based at the University of Exeter (Cultural Geography) and at the University of the West of England (Centre for Fine Print Research).

For my research I am co-creating artist-book-portraits with service users at Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services to explore the ethics and power dynamics between artists and participants. This short film “Rising” shows an artist-book-portrait that I made during the conceptualisation of the project and through its handling, I reflect on its form as a visual metaphor for recovery from trauma.

Artist Book

Gareth Osborne

Storyhaven, an immersive storytelling experience for schools to promote social interaction and mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Gareth is a children’s author, teacher and postgraduate researcher in immersive storytelling at the University of Bristol, co-supervised at Bath Spa and Cardiff and funded by the SWW DTP. He has twenty years’ experience using storytelling, creative writing and drama to engage young people in the classroom and has worked as a content developer for Pearson’s virtual ActiveLearn platform.

Gareth researches how theatre and reading engagement can be blended for children in ways that bridge their public and private spheres, giving them the tools to cocreate their own sustained and transformative social fictions.

The ongoing Covid-19 situation has isolated children from their peer groups, teachers and arts-in-education practitioners, affecting children’s social development and mental well-being. In response to this situation, Gareth developed Storyhaven, an immersive storytelling experience for children that blends private reading, table-top roleplaying and immersive theatre sessions with an actor. It was piloted with Kit Theatre Company during the national Covid lockdown with Year 4-6 pupils at a Bristol primary school, shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize 2020 and spotlighted in the British Library’s Emerging Formats Archive.

You can watch a 3-minute explainer video about Storyhaven here.

If you want to experience the game materials directly, you can read the rulebook here, then get a taste of playing Episode 1 here.

For more details about Storyhaven for schools and to contact the project, click here.


Sabrin Hasbun

Creative Writing

I am at the very end of my PhD in Creative Writing and History and Bath Spa University and Exeter University. My research is about finding ways in which Creative Writing can become a tool to explore and express the history of minorities.

My creative writing project is a family memoir where I retrace the story of my parents and the life of my half-Italian, half-Palestinian family, from the 60s to 2013. After the loss of my mother, I try to renegotiate my identity and understand what it means to grow up across cultures and under the influence of the ongoing occupation of Palestine.

My narrative mixes traditional folklore, memoir, fiction, and historical investigation in order to cast a new layered light on the events which have affected my family and shaped the relationships between Europe and the Middle East for the last fifty years.

In this 15-minute video I read an extract from my memoir: it is an account of how my mother, 7-month pregnant, was saved by a stranger during a shooting, and her reflections on the future of Palestine.

Agnès Villette

Radioactive Ruins of La Hague

I am a PhD student at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, with a co-supervision, at the University of Exeter. My practice-based research explores the toxic landscape of La Hague, in Normandy, and the long lasting legacy of the techno-military Cold War. At the intersection of ecology and visual studies, my research engages with local rivers, which are apprehended as natural archives of successive contaminations. Disseminating and displacing radio-toxicity, rivers are also the material witnesses that keep the memory of past events that were often silenced.

The 20 minute animation film, entitled The St Hélène River’s Radioactive Archives, retraces the timeline of a series of accidents.

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