Place-based cultural development
Cultures of … is a place-based public realm programme which runs out this research centre but serves as a School-wide initiative. We curate exhibitions, installations, performances, workshops, podcasts, talks and discussion on a variety of different themes across the arts and humanities.
Different creative and cultural practices are represented in this programme: art, architecture, creative writing, cultural studies, design, English literature, fashion, film, history, media, music, performance and textiles. We provide opportunities for collaborative engagements with local arts and cultural organisations, community groups, cultural institutions in West Yorkshire and existing place-based initiatives (Temporary Contemporary, Year of Music 2023, WOVEN in Kirklees, Huddersfield Literature Festival, Children’s Biennale, Sangam Festival).
Each academic year we introduce a new theme for us to collectively curate into a public programme. This involves the development of live projects in the public realm in collaboration with different communities. We also embed these themes into our postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum. This provides opportunities for us to work across all subject specialisms and to generate synergies between the histories, theories and practices of cultural production.
This work is part of a larger project, funded by the University of Huddersfield, called ‘Arts and Humanities: Place-based Cultural Development and Delivery through knowledge exchange, public engagement and international collaborations (2022-2026). To find out more about our projects, follow the links below.