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Visual Research Methods – Working with Creatives Event

7 April 2016


In my role as the co-ordinator of the Creative Cardiff Research Network, I am organising an event with Dr Dawn Mannay in the School of Social Sciences. This event is for academics at Cardiff University, and anyone else interested in visual methods and collaboration between creatives and academics. We’ve chosen this focus because across the university there is a great deal of interest in visual research methods, as well as working with creatives. The event will bring academics from different schools together, as well as some creatives from outside the university.


The interdisciplinary research seminar will include 10 minute presentations on three different projects, before offering the opportunity for questions and some discussion. The seminar will be followed by the launch of Dawn Mannay’s book: Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods (Routledge, 2016), wine and refreshments.

  • Find out more about how those in a range of disciplines are using visual methods
  • Hear examples of how academics have collaborated with creatives
  • Meet with others interested in using visual methods in their work

Project 1: ‘Art, Film and Music: Engaging Audiences at the Level of Affect and Increasing Impact’
Dawn Mannay (School of Social Sciences)

This presentation focuses on the opportunities of arts base dissemination to tell new stories through creative methodologies. Reflecting on a range of projects with marginalised communities, it considers how researchers can employ images, poetry, film and music to make their findings more accessible and engender wider impacts.

Project 2: ‘Arts & Experiences of Infertility Workshops’
Lisa El Refaie (School of English, Communication and Philosophy)
and Alida Payson (School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)

The aim of this ongoing pilot research project is to explore the use of comics drawing workshops as a way of investigating and disseminating findings about the infertility experiences of Black and ethnic minority women in Wales. The project, funded by the Welsh Crucible, is led by Sofia Gameiro in Psychology and will also involve the graphic illustrator Paula Knight.

Project 3: ‘There is no such thing as a stupid question’
Edward Gomez (School of Physics and Astronomy)
and Laura Sorvala (Graphic Illustrator at auralab)

The comic book ‘There is no such thing as a stupid question’ accompanies the education programme of Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope network (LCOGT), particularly our partnership with Universe in the Classroom (a primary school programme in Wales). This work was supported by LCOGT and the Welsh Government.

Book Launch: Responses from Professor Emma Renold (Cardiff University) & Professor Helen Lomax (University of Northampton)

This free event is open to all, but please book via Eventbrite here: 

Hosted by the Creative Cardiff Research Network and the School of Social Sciences, with support from Creative Cardiff
For further information, please contact Dr Johann Gregory:

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