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Centre for Culture and Creativity

Centre for Culture and Creativity

Connecting researchers and practitioners from across the arts and humanities, the Centre for Culture and Creativity seeks to enrich cultural understanding, increase cultural engagement, enhance public debate, further creative and applied practice, and drive positive social change.

Addressing vital and complex critical, historical and creative questions, researchers employ a range of methodologies – including archival, practice-based, critical and theoretical – in disciplines encompassing art, computing (animation and games design), creative writing, cultural geography, curation, dance, design, English literature, history, media studies and performing arts.

The Centre’s research areas include representation, identity and disability; community, place and belonging; cultural engagement and participation; collected and contested memories; and radicalism, revolution, democracy and dissent.

It works in partnership with regional, national and international organisations and charities in arts, education, industry, heritage, museums, public health and policy sectors including Tate Plus, National Gallery Research Network, and Creative Fuse North East.

The University’s input into the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training, The Heritage Consortium, and the Northern Bridge Consortium are hosted here.

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Research centre leads

Dr Rachel Carroll

Dr Rachel Carroll

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Dr Rosin Higgins

Dr Rosin Higgins

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 Simon McKeown

Simon McKeown

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Professor Sarah Perks

Professor Sarah Perks

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Are commemorations more than they seem?

Analysing commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising to understand how historical events create meaning in the present 

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Creating “useful museums”

Reimagining the role of communities in curating museums and galleries

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Placing disability arts centre stage

Increasing the visibility of marginalised disabled people in cultural spaces and cultural production

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Re-interpreting the North East’s industrial past

Giving value to alternative narratives for the North East’s heavily industrialised past

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