Rural Arts

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.

What do arts practices bring to rural sociology?

Dr Fran Rowe reflects on discussions held during a panel she convened with Dr Menelaos Gkartzios at the recent European Society for Rural Sociology Congress in Trondheim, Norway

Lucy May Schofield had an exhibition in Tokyo

Project artist Lucy May Schofield completed the Upper Advanced Training at the MI-LAB Artist residency programme in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan

New European Research Council project on 'Rural Imaginations'

New research project on 'Rural Imaginations' at the University of Amsterdam led by Prof Esther Peeren explores the linkages of rural research across Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) exhibition by artist Megan Randall

Megan Randall End of Residency Exhibition 'Traces' in rural Northumberland (1st and 2nd June 2019)

From Niigata's mountains to the sea: project team at Japan's Setouchi Triennale

Project team attended the Setouchi Triennale in the archipelago of Seto, and met with local stakeholder groups, policy makers and academics

Researchers meet with Professor Naoyuki Hara of Kagawa University

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

Artist Lucy May Schofield to start a 5 week artist-in-residency in Japan

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 research team

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation welcomes UK-Japanese partners to discuss art as a catalyst to revitalise rural Niigata in Japan

Project leader is interviewed by Japan's public broadcaster about Satoyama art

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

'Contemporary Arts in Rural Development' team visits Tokyo's Art Front Gallery

Team members visited Art Front Gallery to learn about its socially engaged art practices through art activism and public art

Seminar on the role of arts in rural development held at the University of Tokyo

Seminar co-hosted by the Japanese Rural Planning Association at the University of Tokyo discussed how art contributes to rural development

Conversing through the arts with a small market town

Matt Baker writes about an ongoing conversation through the arts with a market town in rural Scotland

‘Contemporary Arts in Rural Development’ seminar announced in Tokyo

The programme of ‘Contemporary Arts in Rural Development’ jointly hosted with the Japanese Rural Planning Association is announced

Visiting Research Fellows at National University of Ireland, Galway

Menelaos Gkartzios and Julie Crawshaw were Visiting Research Fellows at Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

CRE artistic research on rural communities after Brexit

Impact on Brexit on rural communities to be explored by artist Gemma Burditt with CRE's Paul Cowie

New blog on practising interdisciplinarity in the UK and Japan

Frances Rowe writes about a new cultural collaboration between Newcastle University and the University of Tokyo

‘Contemporary Arts in Rural Development’ symposium at Newcastle University

The first residential week of the UKRI research between UK and Japan took place at Newcastle University

New article on rural studies research with an artist-in-residence

Open access article on interdisciplinary explorations across rural studies and artistic research published in Sociologia Ruralis