Contemporary Arts in Rural Development is a UK-Japanese international network of stakeholders with expertise in contemporary arts practice, rural community development and rural planning. The network aims to develop a new research agenda on the role of contemporary arts in rural development policy and theory.
The project is led by Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy, along with academics at the University of Tokyo and other stakeholders in both the UK and Japan. We are funded by the UK’s Research Councils (AHRC and ESRC UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Connections grant). You can read about the project also on the UK Research and Innovation web pages.
Project team attended the Setouchi Triennale in the archipelago of Seto, and met with local stakeholder groups, policy makers and academics
Menelaos Gkartzios and Fran Rowe met with Professor of Economics Naoyuki Hara in Takamatsu city to hear about his work in Teshima island on the impact of Setouchi art festival to the local community
Project artist Lucy May Schofield will be resident artist for 6 week at MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Lab) Upper Advanced Residency in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Perfecture, Japan
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation welcomes UK-Japanese partners to discuss art as a catalyst to revitalise rural Niigata in Japan
Menelaos Gkartzios talks to NHK World, Japan's public broadcaster, about art situated in the landscape of Satoyama, while visiting the 'Tunnel of Light' at Echigo-Tsumari Art Field
Team members visited Art Front Gallery to learn about its socially engaged art practices through art activism and public art
Seminar co-hosted by the Japanese Rural Planning Association at the University of Tokyo discussed how art contributes to rural development
Matt Baker writes about an ongoing conversation through the arts with a market town in rural Scotland
The programme of ‘Contemporary Arts in Rural Development’ jointly hosted with the Japanese Rural Planning Association is announced
Menelaos Gkartzios and Julie Crawshaw were Visiting Research Fellows at Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway
Impact on Brexit on rural communities to be explored by artist Gemma Burditt with CRE's Paul Cowie
Frances Rowe writes about a new cultural collaboration between Newcastle University and the University of Tokyo
The first residential week of the UKRI research between UK and Japan took place at Newcastle University