Common Cause Workshop

Event Date: 19 July 2017

Wednesday 19 July 2017, 9.30am-5.30 – Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH.

How do academics talk to Black and minority-ethnic (BME) artists? How can BME-led arts, cultural and heritage organisations make more mutually productive collaborations with Universities?

There is a ‘common cause’ to be forged between Arts and Humanities academics seeking to pluralise and deepen their accounts of the world and their collaborations with BME artists, organisations and communities. Common Cause is a programme which seeks to map, understand and improve these collaborations. What makes such projects and working relationships work well or fail? What are the benefits and challenges to both parties? And what would enable more BME artists and BME-led organisations to access the rich research and development resources of their local, regional and national Universities?

As part of the Common Cause research team, the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ Theme is offering a one-day workshop which seeks to lead a discussion on how to make such collaborations more co-productive. This all-day event will provide an open space to talk through experiences, concerns, risks and aspirations, as well as articulating the rich potential of such collaborations.

The Common Cause Research team is led by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, based at the University of Bristol. Other Common Cause partners are the Runnymede Trust, Xtend (UK) Ltd, University of Nottingham’s Centre for Research in Race & Rights, Arts Council England and other community partners such as Voice4Change and Takethespace.

This session will be facilitated by David Bryan from Xtend (UK) Ltd and Prof Charles Forsdick, Theme Fellow for Translating Cultures, based at the University of Liverpool.

This is an open call for participants, but you are especially encouraged to attend if you are a BME artist, writer, or scholar, if you have, or attempted to, lead or set up any arts or community-based projects, have sought or experienced a collaborative project with a University or other academic institution or work in Further/Higher Education, perhaps having had contact with local arts and community-based individuals and organisations.

Translating Cultures is able to offer a small number of bursaries for participation, to be used as the participant sees fit, whether for travel, subsistence or recompense for time away from usual working activity. These will be awarded on a first-come-first service basis. If you would like further information about the bursaries, email

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