Arts and Cultural Research: Impact through Partnership – Event report now available


Following this very successful day, WRoCAH Researcher, Sarah Little has produced a comprehensive report of her findings from the day.


This one-day event was jointly hosted by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities and Arts Council England, North

Thursday, 14 May 2015
9.30 am – 5.00pm

University of Leeds
LS2 9JT Leeds

About the day

The day brought together academic, partnership development staff and doctoral researchers from the White Rose Universities, with senior representatives from creative and performing arts organisations, supporting agencies and other interested bodies in the region.

Speakers explored:

  • The broad benefits of research partnerships to cultural and research organisations, as well as the challenges that can arise
  • The changing nature of research and the growing importance of the impact agenda within Higher Education Institutions
  • What WRoCAH is able to offer to doctoral researchers and cultural partners
  • Examples of research collaborations, ‘engagement’ activities, and impact case studies
  • We aim to consider both the opportunities and challenges of collaboration and hope to gain an understanding of how one-off projects can develop into long-term sustainable relationships.


9:30   Arrival and registration (Tea & coffee)

10:00 Setting the scene, chaired by Julian Richards, Director, WRoCAH including welcoming statements from Sarah Maxfield, Arts Council England, Area Director, North, Sarah Fisher, Arts Consultant working with the Arts Council and Dominic Gray, Director of Projects, Opera North.

11:30  Case Studies I, chaired by Kate Giles, Deputy Director, Humanities Research Centre, University of York

  • Kate Giles and Lara Goodband, Co-Artistic Director – York Curiouser
  • Dawn Hadley, Head of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, and Amy Beard, Point Blank Theatre Company: Harvey Teasdale – The Sheffield Man Monkey
  • Tom Cornford, Theatre, Film and Television, University of York – Common Ground Touring Theatre Company
  • Adam Piette, School of English, University of Sheffield (tbc) – Opening up the Book, Bank St ArtsFollowed by questions and discussion

13:00  Lunch

14:00  Case Studies II, chaired by Abigail Harrison-Moore, Head of School, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

  • Abigail Harrison-Moore, and Natalie Walton, Head of Learning, The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
  • Jonathan Eato, Department of Music, University of York – Artistic Heritage Interpretation project, Hoxton Hall
  • Antony Dunn, Head of Marketing and Communications, Yorkshire Dance – Respond_projectsFollowed by questions and discussion
15:30 The Impact Agenda, chaired by Sita Popat, Head of School, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds with Martin Iddon, Head of School, School of Music, and Professor Brendan Stone, School of English, University of Sheffield, Storying Sheffield Questions & Discussion

Followed by questions and discussion

16:45  Close