Leeds arts research centre

Bringing together creative practitioners and academics across Leeds Beckett University.
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The Leeds Arts Research Centre (LARC) at Leeds Beckett University brings together researchers with shared interests and ambitions across broad areas of creativity and professional practice within the arts and popular culture. Specific areas covered include Art and Design, Music, Drama, Dance, Architecture, Creative Technologies, Film, and Performing Arts. 

The majority of staff currently work within the Leeds School of Arts. 

The centre formally launched in the autumn of 2017, indicating a recognition by our university of the potential for substantial research development and growth within the area. The centre has a strong core of both experienced and early career researchers and provides a visible, outward-facing ‘research home’ and identity for these staff and their research students. 

The work being undertaken encompasses more traditional academic outputs such as journal articles and monographs alongside exciting and innovative practice-based research. Much of the latter is high impact, engaging with external bodies and individuals to produce work which challenges and changes lives.

The centre is led by Simon Morris, Professor of Art, and Robert Shail, Professor of Film. 

Professor Morris's own research centres on radical artistic reworkings of text as material object, whilst Professor Shail's work focuses on masculinity in British cinema and children's films. For them both, LARC has been a labour of love.

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FOUR WORDS is an ongoing project by Dr Alan Dunn and the latest iteration, FOUR WORDS: WIRRAL, uses state-of-the-art Augmented Reality technology for mobile phones and was awarded funding by Arts Council England. FOUR WORDS: WIRRAL was developed by Alan during lockdown as he began to explore in more detail the Spital neighbourhood on his doorstep whilst walking his dog Lulu. He discovered, for example, that Italian prisoners of war were once housed in scout huts on the edge of Dibbinsdale Nature Reserve woods in Spital, not far from where Harold Wilson lived.

FOUR WORDS is an ongoing project by Dr Alan Dunn and the latest iteration, FOUR WORDS: WIRRAL, uses state-of-the-art Augmented Reality technology for mobile phones and was awarded funding by Arts Council England. FOUR WORDS: WIRRAL was developed by Alan during lockdown as he began to explore in more detail the Spital neighbourhood on his doorstep whilst walking his dog Lulu. He discovered, for example, that Italian prisoners of war were once housed in scout huts on the edge of Dibbinsdale Nature Reserve woods in Spital, not far from where Harold Wilson lived.

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Our INSIDE/OUT series of lectures brings the best minds of our generation to inspire and support the work students and colleagues do across the Leeds School of Arts. To this end, we have flown in renowned speakers from around the globe. In order to enhance the cultural life of Leeds, we make the lecture series open to the general public and available to an international audience online.

LARC is the home to 143 academics and their research. What matters to us at Leeds Beckett University is not so much the work we do individually but what our research allows others to do: its impact on local, national and international communities. We are a recognised centre of excellence for practice as research in the arts that make a positive difference to the lives of others.

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