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Unique Ph.D Research Opportunity at CAN

As one of the forerunners of socially-engaged arts with new communities to Britain, including refugees, CAN is delighted to be a partner of a unique Ph.D. studentship with The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester.

The Ph.D. ‘Listening to the voices of refugee-heritage artists: opportunities and barriers for performing arts practices carried out by refugee heritage artists in the UK’ is due to commence in October 2020.  Recruitment has now closed.

Community Arts North West’s pioneering work with refugee communities began in 2003 with the development of CAN’s Exodus Refugee Arts programme.  CAN’s work has included the creation & delivery of Manchester’s Exodus Festival; the development of the Manchester International Roots Orchestra(MIRO) which includes musicians from Cameroon, the Congo and Kurdistan; career support for refugee-heritage artists such as the Amani Creatives and Musician/Composer Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Quartet, working in the Sufi musical tradition, who toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and national venues such as The Sage Gateshead in Summer 2019.  CAN was instrumental in the creation, together with Manchester’s HOME, of the Horizons Festival which runs each June as part of Refugee Week.

Stella Barnes, CAN’s Creative Director, talks about the studentship and its contribution to a fuller understanding of the impact of refugee-heritage artists on the UK’s arts ecology as well as barriers to participation:

“Undoubtedly, refugee-heritage artists have enriched the creativity of the UK and some have made high-profile successful careers.  The Ph.D. will develop a real understanding of the contribution of refugee artists to the UK and the ways in which some refugee artist’s careers have thrived. As well as success, refugees do face profound difficulty in developing their creative careers in the UK for a multitude of reasons.  The studentship will explore this and, perhaps, the resulting study will suggest ways in which arts organisations can support refugee artists to become an integral part of their programme and their organisation.”

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