Event report: Youth work, informal learning and the arts

Reflections from the event: Youth work, informal learning and the arts: exploring the research and practice agenda

Youth work, informal education and the arts event

This post provides a write-up of a recent event held at The University of Nottingham, organised as part of ongoing research into relationships between arts practice and youth work, and partnerships between cultural organisations and informal education settings. The document below features a summary of the presentations, plus links to papers and additional online content.

In April I co-organised an event alongside colleagues at The University of Nottingham and Manchester Metropolitan University, bringing together practitioners and researchers from across youth work and the arts, to critically discuss urgent issues driving the discourse in this area of work, to identify shared concerns and present current practice. It was organised in association with the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Youth studies and informal education, The Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacies, The University of Nottingham and Tate Research Centre: Learning.

We were excited to receive a high number of submissions following our call for contributions and to have gathered a diverse list of delegates, who travelled from around the UK.

In order to share some of the provocative arguments and ideas raised throughout the day with a wider range of peers, I have compiled a summary document here: Event report- Youth work, informal education and the arts 2015.

Click here for the programme and abstracts.