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Centre for Cultural Preservation through Creative Practice

The UCLan Research Centre for Cultural Preservation through Creative Practice engages with research and knowledge transfer activities internationally through a wide range of projects.

The transdisciplinary nature of the Centre ensures that we can provide a creative response to your research questions and it also encourages partnerships with global communities. The Centre draws on expertise across the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries to ensure we can adopt innovative approaches to a wide variety of projects, including how the findings are disseminated and engaged with globally. Our partnership with a research centre in Hubei, China, strengthens the reach and collaborative nature of the work whilst providing a solid foundation for the future of the Centre's International Research Network.

The Global Sound Movement (GSM) www.globalsoundmovement.com team were winners of the 2016 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. They are based within the Centre and co-ordinate multiple transdisciplinary projects with a focus on high levels of impact and sustainability in line with the UNESCO sustainable development goals. GSM continues to attract media attention with interviews on BBC Radio 4's Today programme plus local and national BBC TV coverage.

Arts Council funded projects:

‘Hidden Gems’ was a collaboration between UCLan, the Arts Council and Gawthorpe Textile Collection (GTC). The project resulted in an exhibition of powerful portraits showing local women and girls from Burnley’s South Asian community wearing the hijabs they designed using fabrics from the Gawthorpe textile collection as inspiration.

'Heirloom' was the second Arts Council funded project led by Amanda Odlin-Bates, working in collaboration with fellow UCLan lecturers, Christopher Molloy, Bev Lamey, Jack Southern and photographer Alex Hurst. The project engaged with a multi-cultural, cross section of men who used to work in the textile industry in Pennine Lancashire. The team captured personal histories from the men and crafted their stories into a collection of bespoke ‘Heirloom’ shirts, exhibited in Burnley’s Queen Street Mill (QSM) as part of the British Textiles Biennial (BTB). The designs featured silhouettes inspired by historical shirts stored in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.

The work undertaken in this Centre is linked with the Creative Practice Research Academy.

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Contact us:

To find out more please contact Phil Holmes (Centre Director) PMHolmes@uclan.ac.uk or Paresh Parmar (Centre Co-Director) PParmar@uclan.ac.uk