A Leverhulme project - Knowledge Co-production with Children and Young People in Special Schools Through Community Arts

This Leverhulme funded research project aims to explore how children and young people attending special schools can be offered better opportunities to share their stories and experiences. Drawing on physical comedy, dance, music, and the visual arts, the project aims to prioritise non-verbal communication to enable and amplify those young voices that are not always heard. As collaborative and practical research it invites children but also their parents, teaching staff and wider school community to work together with artists and academics. Based at CASIC it draws upon Cultural Animation as a methodology to identify how this research project can bridge a gap between academia and the wider community.

For the first stage of the project, participants (young and old) were invited to consider comedy performance as a serious research method and to respond to the question “what is funny?” A series of drama workshops were organised in collaboration with the New Vic Theatre in which the participants were encouraged to have as much fun as possible. Please revisit this web page for further updates on the project as well as academic outcomes.

For more information on the project please contact Dr Karian Schuitema (k.schuitema@keele.ac.uk).

A picture drawn by one of the children on the project