York University 2012
Current international developments in research on visual art and organisational practice have identified the need to understand the nature and impact of artists working within factory communities. While this research recognises the positive outcomes of these collaborations, few researchers have an opportunity to directly experience the creative outcomes of these engagements. In addition, the potentially wider impact of exhibiting residency outcomes under a participatory framework involving researchers of art and organisational studies is unknown.
The participatory exhibition Aire addresses the question: what is the nature of the impact of art work generated from artists collaborations with manufacturers on art and organisational researchers. In doing so it arrives at a new point of reference for these two disciplines providing a immersive participatory framework for considering the artist as an exemplar in action within manufacturing organisations, that advances current methods of accessing data such as written accounts and photo or video documentation.
This research is that it seeks to provide an immersive experience of the outcomes of the artist residencies within a manufacturing communities . Its value is attested to by the following indicators: winner of the ‘Cambridge Scholars Publishing Award’ for best exhibition at the 6th Art of Management Conference; inclusion in a review of conference highlights - online blog Culture Matters by Dr Jonathon Vickery, Centre for Cultural and Policy Studies, University of Warwick, UK (Sept 12, 2012).