We provide action research and evaluation services to social art programmes, museums and other organisations engaging communities for civic renewal and social regeneration.
PRU’s work for its partners cuts across four of UCLan’s research themes:
Roskilde University (Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and School of Lifelong Learning)
University of Stavanger (Department of Health Studies)
Murdoch University, Western Australia
University of Mondragón
McGill University, Quebec
Otalora Management and Co-operative Development Centre
University of the West of England
Royal Society of Arts
International Research group for Psychosocietal Analysis
Centre for Contemporary Arts - Glasgow
Association for Psychosocial Studies
Gordon Lawrence Foundation
Co-Director, Professor of Psychosocial Welfare, School of Social Work
Senior Research Assistant, School of Social Work, Care and Community
Details of our 2019 events will be publicised soon on our Twitter and Facebook accounts
Froggett, Lynn, Kelly-Corless, Laura and Manley, Julian Y (2019) Feeling Real and Rehearsal for Reality: psychosocial aspects of Forum, Theatre in care settings and in prison. Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 12 (1-2). pp. 23-39.
Bennett, J, Froggett, L, Kenning, G, Manley, J, and Muller, L, (2019) Memory Loss and Scenic Experience: An Arts Based Investigation. Forum: Qualitative Social Research Sozialforschung, 20 (1). ISSN 1438-5627 http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.1.3126
Carr, S. Spandler, H. (2019). Hidden from history? A brief modern history of the psychiatric “treatment” of lesbian and bisexual women in England. The Lancet Psychiatry. 11th February 2019. 1
Dooris, M. T, Farrier, A, and Froggett, L. (2018) Wellbeing: The Challenge of ‘Operationalising’ an Holistic Concept within a Reductionist Public Health Programme. Perspectives in Public Health, 138 (2). pp. 93-99. ISSN 1757-9139
Froggett, L. (2018) Participant Experience in Art-Sport: Additive? Interactive? Transformative? in Sport in Society, Published online: 21 Feb 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2018.1430480
Manley, Julian and Roy, Alastair Neil (2017) The visual matrix: a psycho-social method for discovering unspoken complexities in social care practice. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 22 (2). pp. 132-153. ISSN 1088-0763
Muller, L., Froggett, L., Bennett, J. (2018) Emergent knowledge in the third space of art-science, Leonardo 0, Vol 0, pp. 1-11. https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/leon_a_01690
Roy, Alastair Neil (2016) Learning on the move: exploring work with vulnerable young men through the lens of movement. Applied Mobilities, 1 (2). pp. 207-218. ISSN 2380-0127
Roy, Alastair Neil and Buchanan, Julian (2016) The Paradoxes of Recovery Policy: Exploring the Impact of Austerity and Responsibilisation for the Citizenship Claims of People with Drug Problems in Social Policy & Administration. ISSN 01445596
Spandler, H. Mckeown, M (2017) Exploring the case for truth and reconciliation in mental health services. Mental Health Review Journal 22.2: 83-94
We are currently working with three ‘Creative People and Places’ arts-based projects and three national portfolio organisations, all in the north west of England and funded by Arts Council England:
The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library (Preston)
F.A.C.T. (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool
St. Helen’s Council Library Service
Heart of Glass, St. Helens
Super Slow Way, Pennine Lancashire
LeftCoast, Blackpool and Wyre
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We provide Masters and PhD supervision. Please use the contact details above if you are interested in supervision.
We provide teaching on the following modules:
PRU is always looking to expand its interdisciplinary work with other Schools and Faculties. Psychosocial Studies is inherently multidisciplinary.
Other UCLan Research Centres:
Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change
Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm
Centre for Citizenship and Community
The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation
Healthy Settings Unit
We have three ongoing projects in this strand. Together these projects demonstrate the explicit value of art congruent methods in generating new understandings as well as new forms of knowledge about social issues and stigmatised populations, because they allow different forms of thought and expression than are possible in other social science methods.
The Psychosocial Research Unit has recently completed two projects in its socially engaged arts strand. Cultural Attendance and Public Mental Health was commissioned by Manchester City Council (MCC) to study a pilot for its Health Trainer Service that reflects MCC’s move towards integrated health and cultural provision. The programme enabled Health Trainers to make full use of the city’s rich cultural offer when working with people with complex psychosocial and health problems. The study focused on the obstacles and opportunities in working across what have traditionally been sharply drawn boundaries. Health and cultural sector staff faced challenges in learning to work with one another, but significant benefits for service users eventually emerged. The study concluded that there were gains all round from incorporating cultural attendance into health provision and that further training and support would be needed to consolidate the new work cultures and practices that the programme initiated.
The contribution of public art to citizenship, identity and sense of place and belonging is an issue of hot debate now that prolonged austerity has impacted on resources available for commissions. Art in the public sphere is increasingly expected to respond to social agendas, (effectively doing ‘social’ work) and to demonstrate social impact. Researchers and evaluators have reached for social science methods ill-suited to capturing artistic value. As so often happens what counts is what can be counted – or at the very least described, missing the significance of artistic quality, and the public’s emotional and aesthetic response to an artwork, as well as its cultural and political meaning and significance.
The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Cultural Value programme, and has been tested in North Devon in relation to Damien Hirst’s Verity and Alex Hartley’s Nowhereisland. We have held visual matrix workshops in Bristol, London, Leeds and Birmingham for arts professionals and academics. The next step will be to develop the method in completely different contexts. From November we will be using the visual matrix to investigate transitions in old age from working life to retirement, from mental health to dementia, and from life to death. For this we will be collaborating with partners in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.