Creative Interruptions explores the effects of colonialism, imperialism, race and resistance on the creative work that communities produce. Through five, major internationally linked arts and humanities led strands of work (across the UK, Northern Ireland , Palestine, India) this study consolidates different types of knowledge (academic, community and creative) and co-produces knowledge with communities.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) , the research project focuses on how marginalised communities use the arts, media and creativity to challenge exclusion producing outputs including academic articles and publications, films commissions, a festival of arts and activism and digital installations among other art forms.
Collaborators include migrant and long-term residents, food factory and warehouse workers in the East of England; African, Caribbean and South Asian screen practitioners and activists in the UK; refugee, migrant and LGBT communities in Northern Ireland; Palestinian filmmakers and solidarity networks in the UK and internationally; and a cross-section of faiths in Punjab and the Punjabi diaspora in Scotland. The research team is based at Brunel University London, the University of Sussex, Sheffield Hallam University, Queen’s University Belfast and University of Strathclyde.
By bringing together diverse practitioners, activists, academics and non-university based collaborators they aim to build a space where creative practices as well as theoretical, cultural and policy perspectives converge using art as a forum to exchange knowledge about these experiences and to research across divides.