I recently made a presentation at the NI Assembly, Stormont as part of the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS), that focused on the development of a partnership between HE institution and local communities. I discussed what were the key considerations, synergies and modes of working utilised to make it effective; how these findings might inform future partnerships within communities.
As proposed in the NI Assembly’s consultation document, ‘Strategy for Culture and Arts 2016-2026’ the driving vision is “To promote, develop and support the crucial role of arts and culture in creating a cohesive community and delivering social change to our society on the basis of equality for everyone” (2015: 11). I concluded that fundamental to the development of any partnership is recognition that knowledge can be created outside of the academy and other formal bodies. Who the experts are and where they are located is changing and this approach to partnership can lead to co-produced forms of knowledge. Communities can inspire and inform public bodies and in turn be supported by them.
Click HERE to access the presentation slides, video and policy briefing.