Symposium Arts and Sports Research UK-NL

16 oktober 2018
Tryater, Oostersingel 70, Leeuwarden

At this symposium Dutch and UK scholars exchange their research on the relationship between arts and sports and their benefits on a social or individual level. The symposium takes place in Leeuwarden, the European Capital of Culture this year.

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09.30 – 10.00    Registration and welcome

10.00 – 10.15    Welcome by Mavis Carrilho (chair of the day) & presentation '4 years networking in the UK and the Netherlands' (Franco Bianchini & Claudia Marinelli)

10.15 – 11.10    Presentations by Marian ter Haar and Lynn Froggett, Q&A

11.10 – 11.20    Short break

11.20 – 12.15    Presentations by Franco Bianchini and Annet Tiessen-Raaphorst, Q&A

12.15 – 13.10    Presentation by Sophie Mamattah/Gayle McPherson and Minne Huysmans, Q&A

13.10 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 14.30    Music & presentation by André Heuvelman

14.30 – 15.30    Themes in common, chances for future research

15.30 – 16.00    Panel discussion about Fields of Vision Manifesto

16.00 – 17.00    Network drinks and goodbye

If you are interested in staying a bit longer there is an international conference on cultural education and participation on the 18th and 19th that might interest you:
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Contribution Marian ter Haar

Sense making: the role of clubs in times of demographic decline

Sport and culture clubs are small powerful nodes in local networks. In times of demographic decline they seem vulnerable. Therefore, the central question for this study is, what is the significance of sport and culture clubs in relation to the social cohesion in the village, during times of demographic decline? Given the complexity, the dynamic connections generated by the village networks and their regional relationships the study takes an interpretive case study approach. Meanings are intertwined and situation-dependent. 

Thirty people from three villages in the Achterhoek were interviewed regarding their perception of the situation in these villages. This reveals and explains patterns in the network of sport and culture clubs and the contextual relationship in the villages. The study illustrates that organizations who manage to renew the cherished traditions and rituals in the clubs contribute to social cohesion. Key figures and youth are crucial in this result.

Marian ter Haar is expert knowledge development at Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands. Marian did her PhD research on how communality arises in the collaboration during the implementation of a life style intervention (2014). In addition, she investigates how co-creation between associations in sports and culture support the resilience of shrinking villages. She started collaboration between universities and martial arts clubs with the intent to investigate how development of identity among young people who regularly struggle with themselves and their environment occurs. Marian is involved in several communities of practice and science to achieve a knowledge based practise based co-creation.

Contribution Lynn Froggett

Participant experience in art-sport: Additive? Interactive? Transformative?

Imove, which became Yorkshire and Humberside’s regional programme for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, was inspired by ‘the art of movement’, and underpinned by the idea of transcending dualities of mind/body and art/sport. Art and sport were combined in various ways within the programme, and with different degrees and types of audience engagement and participation. 

This article draws on the evaluation data collected during the course of the programme to develop a typology of art-sport relationships: additive, interactive, and transformative. It defines and illustrates each instance with examples of particular projects and highlights the role of the participants/ audience in determining the nature of the physical learning and new knowledge of the moving body that arises in each case. Finally, it considers the conditions under which hybrid forms of art-sport can innovate and flourish with reference to the concept of ‘third space’.

Lynn Froggett is Professor of Psychosocial Welfare at the University of Central Lancashire and Co-Director of the Lancashire Institute for Citizenship, Society and Change.  Her academic background is trans-disciplinary, crossing the Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences. Her interest in art-sport arises from a long research career concerned with the practices and spaces of community participations engagement and also with the aesthetic practices of everyday life, of which both sport and art are key examples. Recent work has focussed on the development of visual and other sensory  methods for the understanding of such practices and the evaluation of projects designed to promote them.  

Contribution Franco Bianchini

New directions in the arts and sports? Critiquing national strategies in England

Taking as its starting point the potential benefits of bringing sports and arts closer together, this paper reviews how policy-making at national level in England addresses that challenge. To that end four key strategic documents (the Government's Sport Strategy and its Culture White Paper as well as the strategies of Arts Council England and Sport England) are examined. That is supplemented by the views of significant individuals who have been at the sports-arts interface. 

Noting the similar social remit ascribed to sports and arts by the UK Government, shortcomings in the current strategies are identified as barriers to integration. 'Play' and 'movement' are briefly discussed as integrating concepts alongside our assessment of the potential the arts/sport nexus offers, including aesthetic innovation, promoting health and wellbeing, and encouraging wider participation and engagement. Having challenged existing national policies the paper suggests some possible future directions.

Franco Bianchini is Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning - and Director of the  Culture, Place and Policy Institute - at the University of Hull, UK. He is part of a team in charge of the evaluation of the impacts and processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. He has published extensively on urban cultural policies in Europe. His research interests include the role of culture in urban regeneration (with a particular focus on port cities and on European Cities/Capitals of Culture), and the study of cultural diversity and interculturalism as resources for innovation in urban policy.

Contribution Annet Tiessen-Raaphorst

Participation in arts and sport NL

Many people derive enjoyment from sport and culture in their free time: attending matches, performances, exhibitions or festivals, following sport and culture via the media or participating in a sport or cultural activity. Who takes part in which activities? Does culture reach the same people as sport or are they separate worlds?

In my presentation I will present figures on participation in all kinds of sporting and cultural activities. Broadly speaking, more people participate in sport than culture (76% versus 61% of people aged 12 over do so at least once a year). On the other hand, culture attracts more visitors than sport (92% versus 51% visit at least once a year). Both sport and culture have a very wide reach through the media. There is no sharp divide between the worlds of sport and culture. Half the Dutch population have taken part in both, and this applies for both attendance and practice.

Annet Tiessen-Raaphorst (1974) studied Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen and accomplished the European Masters Degree in Adapted Physical Activity at the KU Leuven (Belgium). Before her work at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research |SCP), she worked in sportspolicy at the Disability Sports Organisation and the National Olympic Committee. Since 2005 she works as a researcher, mostly focusing on sports participation and developments of sports policy in the Netherlands. | twitter: @annet_tiessen

Contribution Sophie Mamattah and Gayle McPherson

Arts and Sport – contribution to global security and stability

This paper draws upon work undertaken on behalf of the British Council, the research comprised a survey of literature examining the contribution of arts and culture to global security and stability alongside 3 in-country case studies; Columbia, Rwanda and Syria.

While the literature acknowledges the relatively neglected status of this area of interest (Cohen, 2005; Garcia, 2014; Zelizer, 2003) the case studies reveal the contrasting and complementary ways in which arts and sport have contributed to the reduction and/or avoidance of violence and processes of reconciliation. Both grassroots and state-led examples of such work are evident, demonstrating the potential value of investment in arts and sport projects within communities for the achievement of broader security and stability policy aims.    

Sophie Mamattah completed her doctoral research at the University of Glasgow in the Department of Central and East European Studies. Her work explored identity construction and belonging among ethnic German Russians resident in both Russia and Germany. Dr Mamattah retains an interest in theorisations of migration, identity, identity construction, belonging and the sociology of migrant practice. She is particularly interested in Soviet and post-Soviet migrations. Since joining the staff at UWS in 2016, Sophie Mamattah has undertaken a wide-ranging research portfolio, working closely with Professors Gayle McPherson and David McGillivray on a number of culture, events and arts focussed projects.

Contribution Minne Huysmans

Young newcomers: a contextual framework on experiences in urban Belgium

This research seeks to address the link between young newcomers and the social networks they build upon shortly after arrival in urban Belgium, and is based on an extensive data collection with young newcomers in Belgian cities throughout 2017. This research is embedded in a larger research project (2015-2019) that explores how young refugees look at their future, how they seek to realise this future, and what needs derive from those aspirations. The overall aim is to build upon the emerging reflection on how to ensure a faster and more efficient integration, and participation in society of young newcomers in Europe. 

Minne Huysmans is a BSc in Socio-Eduactional Care Work, and MSc in Adult Educational Sciences. He worked as a restorative justice mediator in Brussels, and conducted research at Odisee University College on ‘the-right-to-the-city’ in arrival districts of the Brussels Region. He is co-founder of (1) Growfunding, a civic crowdfunding platform in Brussels that focuses on bottom-up city making and (2) Volta, a music centre in Brussels for young and talented musicians in their transition from the pub scene to the professional club circuit.  

Bio Mavis Carrilho

Mavis Carrilho is an independent executive coach and consultant, specialized in the design and implementation of major change and transition processes in organisations. High Performance Teams, Leadership, and Diversity & Inclusion are central themes in her work. Mavis has worked with many of the leading organisations in the Netherlands, including financial services, central and local government, arts & culture and sports institutions. She is member of Supervisory Board of Holland Festival, Theatre Rotterdam, Chocolonely Foundation and Ymere, and has been a member of the Supervisory Board of NOC*NSF for many years. Mavis has published works on leadership, diversity and Human Resources.

Bio Claudia Marinelli

Claudia Marinelli is an anthropologist working as Cultural Participation Officer at the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) in the Netherlands. Her main expertise lies in the field of diversity issues, youth participation and arts & sports.