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Past events

In conversation: art and science

The aim of this research workshop, held on 9 October 2014, is to consider the extent to which bringing artists and scientists together can lead to the opening up of creative spaces for each, and how this kind of environment impacts attitudes and challenges routine ways of thinking in both scientific and artistic practice. In contrast to the more conventional one-directional assimilation in which artists are inspired by scientific processes and incorporate imagery from science in their practices, or when art is used to communicate scientific work to non-expert audiences, this workshop will focus on how collaborations between artists and scientists shape ideas and thinking processes in both art and science and how art practices and scientific research change as result of this encounter. Two major programmes of the Arts & Humanities Research Council – the Cultural Value Project and the Science in Culture theme - came together with Arts@CERN to organise this event, building on a mutual interest in understanding better what happens when art practices and scientific thinking interact. You can download an extended outline of the event (ODT, 134KB).

Culture, Conflict and Post-Conflict: An International Symposium

Two current major programmes of the Arts & Humanities Research Council – the Cultural Value Project and the Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past  programme - have come together to organise a symposium concerning the role of the arts and cultural practices in the process of conflict transformation and post-conflict resolution, as well as the ability of the arts and culture to trigger, exacerbate and sustain the very conflicts which they are sometimes said to mitigate and resolve. The symposium - Culture, Conflict and Post-Conflict – took place on 9-10 September 2014 in London. You can download an extended outline of the event (PDF, 205KB).

A Joint Research Symposium of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts & Humanities Research Council's Cultural Value Project


Measuring Cultural Engagement amid Confounding Variables: A Reality Check

At the beginning of June 2014, the U.S.A.'s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Cultural Value Project of the U.K.'s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) convened a two-day symposium in Washington D.C. to bring together leading researchers and practitioners from both countries--as well as from other parts of Europe, Australia, and Canada--to conduct a "reality check" on the landscape of cultural participation metrics. The goals of the event was to probe our assumptions about how and why we measure public involvement in arts and culture, to confront any orthodoxies in how cultural participation is reported, and to chart a path toward more durable and meaningful measurement. The symposium identified some pressing research questions and opportunities. A report of the symposium and other information may be found on the National Endowment for the Arts website. To find out more please visit the Cultural Value Project blog.  

Second Round of Funding

The second round of funding was launched on 4 October 2013 and closed on 7 November 2013. The call invited applications in a number of specific research areas and for three types of activities. The Assessment Panel, which met on 12 December 2013, decided to fund 7 Critical Reviews, 12 Research Development Awards and 7 Expert Workshops. More details about the second round funded projects can be found on the Current and Past Activities section of our website. 

Open Funding Call

‘The Cultural Value Project Open Call closed on Tuesday 16th April 2013, returning 168 submissions. Following a meeting on 3 June, the Assessment Panel selected for funding 11 Critical Reviews and 32 Research Development Awards. More details about the open call funded projects can be found on the Current and Past Research Activities section of our website.

AHRC Cultural Value Project Launch


The reception to mark the launch of the AHRC's Cultural Value Project took place on Thursday, 21st March 2013.

Sharing their perspectives on the value of culture at the launch of the event were the Rt Hon. David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, and Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Director of the Cultural Value Project.

short film of the event is available to watch.

AHRC Cultural Value Project: Town Meetings

In order to raise awareness of the Open Funding Call released at the end of February, we held three town meetings for prospective applicants, their potential private, public and/or third sector partners and other stakeholders interested in learning more about this project. The events took place in Glasgow, Manchester and London.

All three events were extremely well attended. The Team would like to thank the participants for their enthusiasm and support for the Cultural Value Project. 

View the slides from the presentation given by the Director of the Project

View the slides from the presentation concerning the eligibility and the application process