Rachel Holmes works in ESRI at Manchester Metropolitan University as a Professor leading the Children and Childhood Research Group. Her research interests lie across the interstices of applied educational research, social science research and arts-based research in the interrogation of young children’s behaviour, babies and young children in museums and working with cultural organisations as partners with early years settings. The inter-disciplinary research projects she is currently involved with are designed to promote research innovation and the creation of new critical knowledge about how babies and young people are produced through practices, policy and academia in the 21st century. The projects aim to develop creative approaches to methodology, engage with challenging theoretical landscapes and are mindful of the complex ethical implications in the work we do.
Becky Shaw is an educator and artist and is committed to the messy space between the two. She explores the relationship between individual and society through live art works made in care, education, industry and infrastructure contexts. These works are often large in scale and involve interdisciplinary partnerships and may take a number of years to deliver. Often the very conditions that lead to an artist being commissioned, or the ways we understand knowledge in interdisciplinary collaborations, become part of the work. Becky is Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and leads the Art and Design Research Centre doctoral community
Amanda Ravetz is a visual and social researcher with expertise and interests in the interdisciplinary connections between anthropology and art/design; arts and health; the theories and practices of observational cinema; and artist development. Her current preoccupations include projects and publications on art as a form of knowledge; reverie, recovery and alternative pedagogies; and the influence on the arts ecology of small arts organisations.
Steve Pool trained as a sculptor and now works as a visual artist in multiple media to help people realise ideas, often making physical objects or changing environments. He has an interest in stories, space and co-produced research. He is involved in projects that are concerned with making change with a focus on the role of the artist within society. He has worked on many initiatives including the AHRC Connected Communities program, Creative Partnerships and a number of regeneration projects through area-based renewal programs. In 2010, Steve and, fellow artist, Kate Genever established The Poly-technic and works collaboratively to develop arts practice with a focus on social justice (poly-technic.co.uk).
Kate Pahl has been involved with many projects funded through the AHRC Connected Communities programme including, 'Writing in the home and in the street', 'Language as Talisman', 'Transmitting Musical Heritage', 'Communicating Wisdom' Co-producing Legacy, 'Imagine' and 'Taking Yourself Seriously'. All of these projects have been co-produced with community partners and have involved drawing on the knowledge within communities to work together to produce living knowledge.
Her publications have drawn on literary theory, New Literacy Studies and social anthropology and her research continues to explore the intersections between arts methodologies and community cohesion.
Jo Ray is an artist, researcher and educator, she has developed numerous site specific art commissions through residencies in relation to places and people, collaborating with arts organisations such as Red Nile projects, Art Gene, and Grit & Pearl often in public spaces. Her practice-led Ph.D research explores encounters with scale models, particularly in enthusiast making practices. She is interested in the interplay between the material, spatial and social. Jo is also a lecturer in Design at Sheffield Hallam.