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Visualising dementia activism: using the arts to communicate research findings

Visualising dementia activism: using the arts to communicate research findings
Visualising dementia activism: using the arts to communicate research findings
This article contributes to methodological debates regarding the role of art in communicating research findings in the context of a completed qualitative research project on dementia activism. Previous work has focused on the value and effectiveness of using art to communicate research, rather than the actual transformation process. As a result, there has been an inadequate exploration of how the art affects the scholarly endeavour. In this article, I report on a completed project involving a social scientist, curator, and installation artist, and research participants working in partnership to communicate research using art, specifically textile banners and documentary film, for an exhibition based on original research on dementia activism. I contend that art is a powerful tool for communicating research knowledge but it can overshadow the scholarly endeavour. Researchers need to be aware of the power and limitations of artwork for research communication.
aesthetics, arts, dementia, research communication, visual methods
1468-7941
1-14
Bartlett, Ruth
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Bartlett, Ruth
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Bartlett, Ruth (2015) Visualising dementia activism: using the arts to communicate research findings. Qualitative Research, 1-14. (doi:10.1177/1468794114567493).

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This article contributes to methodological debates regarding the role of art in communicating research findings in the context of a completed qualitative research project on dementia activism. Previous work has focused on the value and effectiveness of using art to communicate research, rather than the actual transformation process. As a result, there has been an inadequate exploration of how the art affects the scholarly endeavour. In this article, I report on a completed project involving a social scientist, curator, and installation artist, and research participants working in partnership to communicate research using art, specifically textile banners and documentary film, for an exhibition based on original research on dementia activism. I contend that art is a powerful tool for communicating research knowledge but it can overshadow the scholarly endeavour. Researchers need to be aware of the power and limitations of artwork for research communication.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 9 February 2015
Keywords: aesthetics, arts, dementia, research communication, visual methods
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 374245
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374245
ISSN: 1468-7941
PURE UUID: c6864d4c-6e5f-4b4a-836e-2a1003f5b133
ORCID for Ruth Bartlett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3412-2300

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Date deposited: 10 Feb 2015 14:46
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 00:38

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