'Use Your Hands for Happiness': crafts practice as a means of building community assets, health and well-being. An AHRC three year, full time Collaborative Doctoral Award at University College Falmouth, in partnership with Arts for Health Cornwall. This AHRC doctoral studentship focuses on the diverse ways in which craft practice - particularly creative hobby crafts - can enhance the well-being and health of communities in primary care health practice initiatives or as part of creative arts health programmes. It takes an 'asset-based' approach to crafts and aims to examine how an art for health agency can build on the inherent skills, competencies and creativity in communities, while paying attention to the relationship between social and cultural capital when agencies work with community groups. The project develops from the AHRC network Connecting Craft and Communities http://connectingcraftcommunities.wordpress.com/ and it is envisaged that questions of craft as social network, creative and embodied practice will be central themes.
The award is available as a three-year full-time AHRC studentship. It pays fees and an annual maintenance grant (currently £14,140 per year), with Arts for Health Cornwall contributing a further £1,500 per annum for the student’s research expenses. Informal enquiries before the submission date can be sent to Dr Fiona Hackney on Fiona.Hackney@falmouth.ac.uk or for application queries please contact Jemma.Julian@falmouth.ac.uk, tel. 01326 255831.
University College Falmouth
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