The Institute for Global Health, in collaboration with Arts Keele, works closely together with artists. We have set up a global network of artists around the globe. In each project, we blend creative practices, community engagement activities and global health research methods. The Keele global health researchers work with a range of artists: musicians, writers, painters, theatre-makers, performers. Our ethos is to promote, share and encourage collaboration with artists in healthcare research and healthcare environment in low-resource settings. Specifically, the arts and global health team at Keele’s Institute for Global Health aims to:

  1. Enhance the visibility of participatory art engagement in global health research teams
  2. Empower socially engaged artists internationally and locally
  3. Provide opportunities to explore and address the challenges of conducting innovative research in arts and global health that generates applied benefits for the most resource-poor and marginalised communities in each country
  4. Co-develop strategies to actively involve and engage policy and decision-makers
  5. Support a community of artists with mentorship opportunities in arts-based research and development 

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Artistic engagement in global health residence scheme (ANGLES)

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The Institute for Global Health is piloting an artist-in-residence scheme (2020-21), aimed at exploiting the synergies between the arts, engagement and research. Our vision is for contemporary artists based in the countries where our global health projects are taking place, to be paired with artists based in the local North Staffordshire region. This aligns with our mission to connect the ‘local’ with the ‘global’ and to further the development of creative community engagement in health research. Socially engaged art, which is collaborative and participatory in nature, is an innovative way of raising awareness of global health issues, promoting behaviour change and influencing health policy. This scheme is also an excellent capacity building opportunity for artists committed to delivering policy-focused socially engaged art. Funded by QR GCRF Keele, ANGLES is the first pilot artist-in-residence scheme at the Institute for Global Health. It is being run in partnership with ArtsKeele and the Keele Directorate for Engagement and Partnerships.