The Uses of Art Lab

The Uses of Art Lab’ forms part of the LJMU/Liverpool School of Art and Design ‘Art Labs’ Research Centre.

Formed in November 2016, ‘The Uses of Art Lab’ grew out of the on-going international research undertaken by John Byrne (Director of ‘The Uses of Art Lab’) with Grizedale Arts, Tate Liverpool, The Association of Arte Útil, mima, and the L’intenationale confederation of Museums and Galleries.

The overall aim of ‘The Uses of Art Lab’ is to:

  • build new forms of citizenship based on creativity and social responsibility
  • help us to re-imagine our current uses of art within and across the fields of culture, health, housing and commerce

The long-term aim of the Uses of Art Lab will be to develop a local, national and international programme of activities and collaborations built around three key themes:

  • Education: the uses of art and creativity as educational and developmental tools for change
  • Constituencies: the uses of art in developing collaborative forms of social and ecological change
  • History: rethinking the story of how art can be used in society

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There are currently three key and overlapping Research Strategies by which ‘The Uses of Art Lab’ intends to achieve these aims. These are:

  • To develop national, international and world-class Research opportunities for Staff and Students at LJMU and associated/partner institutions.
  • To develop a networked and growing Research Ecology/Platform locally (partnering with the Florrie, Toxteth), nationally (partnering with Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and internationally (partnering with The Association of Arte Util and the L’Internationale)
  • To learn from ‘the Ground-up’ by working and collaborating with a range of local, national and international constituents as a means to fulfil LJMU’s mission statement to become a civic and international University.

In order to do this, The Uses of Art Lab proposes to become a national and international centre for research into collaborative and constituent ‘uses of art’ by asking:

  • How can we work with our local, national and international constituencies more effectively?
  • How can we learn from and with our constituent partners?
  • How could developing new constituent/collaborative models for teaching, learning and knowledge production/sharing affect the future of art schools?

‘The Uses of Art Lab’s Key Long-Term/Strategic Objective is to focus and develop live, active, interdisciplinary based Research Projects that are:

  • Ground up
  • Constituent
  • Accessible
  • Sustainable
  • Educational