Catrin Evans

Research Fellow in Relational Wellbeing

I am an applied researcher and practicing theatre-maker specialising in delivering multi-disciplinary participatory arts and research projects. I joined the University of Bedfordshire in April 2020 as Research Fellow on the Relational Wellbeing Project: Drawing Together.

My PhD from the University of Glasgow was an exploration into the relationship between participatory arts practice, and the experiences of integration, place-making and belonging for individuals seeking asylum and those with refugee status in the Glasgow. My approach to this work was to occupy the position of Artist Researcher, combining a practice-led approach with an anthropological inquiry, rooted in collaborative practices and person-centred knowledge generation. The research was framed by – and took a critical perspective upon – the UK Government’s strategies for creating a hostile immigration environment, as well as the policy context of the Scottish Government’s New Scots Strategy, which puts forward a vision of integration that is two-way and driven from a Rights-based approach.

My research paid particular attention to the way in which creative practice can provide alternative spaces for re-constructing one’s sense of self(s), as well as forms of community-building and diasporic belonging. My thesis argued for integration to be considered far more multi-dimensional than policy currently allows for, and for far greater recognition to be paid to the emotional labour being carried out everyday by those navigating the asylum system.

I am interested in interdisciplinary research practices, with a focus on performance and arts-based methodologies rooted in collaboration and co-production. Furthermore, I am committed to developing the relationship between arts, research and activism in order to resist structural and cultural inequalities. My pedagogical position and theoretical interests are rooted in feminism and anti-racism.

I am also the Artistic Director of A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company, which delivers innovative participatory arts projects across Scotland: www.amomentspeace.co.uk

Qualifications

  • PhD Education – University of Glasgow
  • MA Honours English Literature and Theatre Studies – University of Glasgow

Research Interests

  • Arts-based methodologies
  • Refugee Performance (and arts more broadly)
  • Applied Arts – theory and practice
  • Representational Aesthetics
  • Social integration
  • Forced migration
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Relational Wellbeing

Publications, Conference Papers and Workshops

  • The spaces in between: Moving through the emotional and intellectual labour of integration (2019)
    UNESCO Summer School, The University of Glasgow, 2019
  • The practice of solidarity through the arts: inter-relations and shared moments of creation in Share My Table (2019)
    Scottish Journal of Performance, 6(1): pp.31–53. DOI: doi.org/10.14439/sjop.2019.0601.03
  • Creative Spaces, Self-Authorship and Mutual Interdependence (2018)
    Art, Materiality & Representation Conference, British Museum & Royal Anthropological Institute, SOAS
  • Disrupting ‘The Imperative To Speak’: A Postgraduate Masterclass (2018) The University of Glasgow
  • Creative Spaces and Self-Authorship (2018)
    Refugees in Literature, Film, Art, and Media: Perspectives on the Past and Present, WOW Festival & Liverpool University
  • Arts of Integration: Scottish policies of refugee integration and the role of the creative and performing arts (2018)
    REACT FESTIVAL, ACTA, Bristol
  • Contributed towards: Phipps, A (2017) Research for CULT Committee – Why cultural work with refugees, European Parliament, Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies, Brussels
  • Re-constructing a new self-portrait (2017) Connecting Communities: Participatory Arts and Social Action Research Conference, University of Greenwich
  • Arts, Creativity & Integration Symposium (2016)
    Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Scottish Refugee Council)

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