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Crafting Collaborative Poetics: A New Method of Participatory Arts-based Research

National Centre for Research Methods Research Showcase, Mon 10th June 2019

Helen Johnson delivered a talk on the design, underpinning research and resources produced for the collaborative poetics method.


Collaborative poetics workshop

University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Mon 3rd June 2019

Helen Johnson facilitated a workshop for faculty and research students introducing the collaborative poetics method and resource pack.


Collaborative poetics workshop

Co-creation Summit, St Mary’s Guidhall, Coventry, Fri 10th May 2019

Carol Rivas, Polly Blake and Jenny Fennessy hosted a workshop and discussion on using participatory arts-based research to seek out and address problems.


Using the Arts in Research

The Gallery, University of Brighton, Sat 9th March 2019

Helen Johnson & Carol Rivas hosted three hours of workshops, performance & discussion, to mark the launch of the collaborative poetics resource pack.



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University of Brighton, Tue 6th Nov 2018

Workshop and presentation on collaborative poetics by Helen Johnson for University of Brighton students and staff, supported by Creative Futures



Ink blots at the Community Psychology Festival

Using Collaborative, Arts-based Research for Critical Resilience

Hertford Theatre, Mon 24th Sept 2018

Workshop, talk and performance by Helen Johnson and David Norbury for the 4th Community Psychology Festival.

Click here to see a creative piece from this session.


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How the Arts Can Change the World (Again)

The Bevy, Wed 18th July 2018

50 Hillside, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, BN2 4AF

Free talk by Helen Johnson for Brains at the Bevy; all welcome



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Embracing the Mosaic: Crafting Collaborative Arts-based Research for Critical Resilience

University College London, Wed 4th July 13:00-14:00


See below for further details about this talk.






Flyer for University of Cambridge Talk on CP


Embracing the Mosaic: Crafting Collaborative Arts-based Research for Critical Resilience

University of Cambridge, 18th June 2018

In this presentation, Helen Johnson drew on examples from her previous research using collaborative and arts-based research methods and on reflection from her own personal journey to tell the story of collaborative poetics; its roots, shoots, ideology and methods.  In the process, she speaks to the concept of ‘critical resilience,’ which emphasises the need to balance the nurturing of individual resilience with a social justice model, which challenges the conditions that create a need for such resilience in the first place.




Productive Margins at the Carnival of Invention

Session facilitators at the Carnival of Invention

The Carnival of Invention

Held on Friday June 15th 2018 at the University of Brighton,  the Carnival of Invention featured performances, debates, discussion, presentations, workshops and displays from over 45 academics, artists and community practitioners from around the world. The focus of the event was on discussing, performing and learning about collaborative and participatory arts-based research and artistic interventions which aim for social change/social justice. 

For photos and posts about the event, see the CP pages on Facebook and Twitter, or follow #carnivalofinvention.  Alternatively, you can read a brief report of the event here: COI Report.  A more detailed report on the event will be published in the Mary 2019 edition of the journal Forum: Qualitative Social Research.

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