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This new resource from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement pulls together useful information on establishing and doing art-research collaborations for engagement, illustrated throughout by case studies, and incorporating tips from experiences from public engagement professionals.

The NCCPE, the University of Leicester and a wider network of artists, researchers and engagement brokers, have co-developed this new guide, exploring the current landscape of art-research collaborations, and how they can enrich and challenge our approaches to public engagement with research.

It takes you through setting up your own collaborations that have the potential to transform understanding of art, science and research, and the experiences of participants.

The guide includes lots of case studies from contributors to inspire and share useful lessons.

The guide covers:

  • Getting started - a useful flow chart detailing the key stages of developing an art-research collaboration
  • Why might artists and researchers collaborate? - a focus on the motivations behind these collaborations, the process, outputs and benefits 
  • Approaches to finding artists and researchers – listing different approaches for finding a potential collaborator, and some of the pros and cons of each
  • Building your collaboration – exploring some of the key ingredients and barriers to setting up your collaboration 
  • Project planning – To ensure that a partnership continues well, it helps to plan well. Some top tips and tools. 
  • Stakeholder mapping - Recommendations for mapping and engaging with stakeholders, amidst different stakeholder priorities. 
  • Funding - Includes a guide to costing artist and researcher collaborations and some of the funding opportunities available 
  • Legacy - The legacy of your collaboration should be considered from the beginning of thr project so it is important to define what this looks like early on 
  • Tough stuff A-Z - Collaborative working can be joyful but also a challenge! We help you to navigate and learn from some of the pitfals of collaborative working 

Full details and download the guide