What is it?
The Advocacy, Research and Training (ART) Lab is a new ‘laboratory’ launched to undertake research projects in the arts and homelessness field. The ART Lab enquiries are virtual spaces where social issues and co-produced research questions come together to form new perspectives in the field of arts and homelessness.
- Advocacy tools make the case for the use of the arts in homelessness support in local and national government e.g. the Jigsaw of Homelessness Support
- Research strengthens the sector with the creation of knowledge and resources, such as a Literature Review of Arts and Homelessness and a Review of Cultural Spaces' Responses to Homelessness
- Training includes capacity building for cultural spaces to deepen access and inclusion for people who are or have been homeless - and capacity building for homeless centres to increase the use of the arts
How do ART Lab enquiries work?
ART Lab enquiries are virtual spaces where social issues and research questions come together to form new perspectives in the field of arts and homelessness. These enquiries are co-produced from design to delivery, so they grow organically from project to project.
We assemble groups of experts in areas of policy, academia, funding, practice and experience. 50% of the groups will be people who are or have been homeless. All freelancers will be paid for their time
The groups meet (weekly on-line during C-19) and spend 6-8 weeks on a research topic. The resulting reflections are written up into a short paper and shared.
Some move to deeper evaluation or testing, evaluating and refining.
Ideas and research questions emerge from the sector through networks, callouts and direct approaches.
1st ART Lab enquiry - What have we learned about the role arts can play in supporting people who are homeless during C-19?
Five creative projects in Wandsworth and Haringey for homeless people staying in emergency accommodation were examined. The enquiry found that these projects had created positive outcomes for people experiencing homelessness, for the centres that offered these courses and for their staff.
2nd ART Lab enquiry - Arts & Homelessness & Womxn
During 6 to 8 weeks, 12 womxn from all walks of life met digitally to co-create a response to the topic, drawing on their professional, artistic and lived experiences. The investigation resulted in a zine containing the artwork created by the participants. This ART Lab enquiry is co-produced with theatre writer and director Vicky Moran and producer Claire Gilbert.
This enquiry is supported by the Arts Council England.
See more: Zine