Getting to know the island: Artistic experiments in rural community development

Crawshaw, Julie (2016) Getting to know the island: Artistic experiments in rural community development. Journal of Rural Studies, 43. pp. 134-144. ISSN 0743-0167

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This paper makes an original contribution to our understandings of the relational role of artistic practice as part of rural community development. Art-led initiatives are now commonplace in rural development strategies. However, the effects of art in rural community, particularly beyond economic development, have received little attention. In this paper we seek to address this omission by exploring artistic ex- periments as part of community development processes. Theoretically, we draw on relational un- derstandings of art from art studies. Empirically, the paper utilises data collected through a one-year experimental study involving ethnography and artistic interventions in the community of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the north east of England. By directing our consideration of art via Liepins' framework (2000a) for ‘reading’ the community, we reveal artistic practice itself as a way to ‘read relationships’. Rather than a tool for solving community problems, we conceptualise artistic practice as a ‘diagnostic’.
© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: art, rural, community
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L600 Anthropology
W100 Fine Art
W400 Drama
W500 Dance
W800 Imaginative Writing
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Dr Julie Crawshaw
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 14:07
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 04:23

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