The research dimension

The INTERarts project has many dimensions and this part of the site will deal with the research.

The project mobilized high quality exchange, collaboration and creative outputs among the groups of participants. The research dimension of this site explores the most effective structures and strategies for intergenerational engagement, using the arts within LGBTQ communities.

At the top of the page, you will see tabs with the following labels:

  • The research inquiry (briefly stating the focus of the research)
  • Context (situates the practice in a context)
  • Conceptual Frameworks (the underpinning and related theoretical landscape)
  • Structures (outlining key structures that shape the practice)
  • Strategies (outlining the ways we support creativity within the practice)
  • Findings (discusses the model of practice and new thinking that emerges from the practice-as-research)
  • References and bibliography (sources and signposts)
  • External evaluation (provides a perspective on the practice from the International Longevity Centre UK)

You can work your way through each page in sequence or you can dip in and out to the page that has most relevance for you. The full set of pages will provide an insight into the research inquiry for the INTERarts project.

The methods used to deliver the workshops with participants include the structures we chose and the strategies we deploy to support the creative work of the participants. Critical reflection and dialogue is also a key method within this project. A set of conceptual frameworks underpin and inform that critical reflection and therefore, ultimately, the model of practice itself – the use of the arts as a methodology.

Through this section of the site, we offer a model of working intergenerationally on subjects of age, gender and sexual oritentation. The model would work with a single age group and could also be adopted for projects exploring other aspects of identity. However, the reflections and findings from this research project will demonstrate that there were specific benefits and challenges when working with older and younger people together, with this model of practice.

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