Florrie Darling, PhD Researcher
I'm a PhD researcher from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. I embarked on an ESRC-funded collaborative PhD with Culture Bridge North East in 2016 titled The Social and Cultural Value of Participatory Arts for Young People.
My research examines how young people feel about taking part in arts-based projects and how valuable these opportunities are for them to express themselves, comprehend and reflect on their experiences and identities and communicate to others. The study also explores the various different factors and contexts that shape how a young person participates in artistic activities.
My fieldwork was based in three North East secondary schools with young people aged 11-14 years old taking part in projects encompassing visual art, creative writing and music.
My research findings will form an ongoing dialogue with CBNE and its networks to reflect on the implications for designing participatory creative projects with young people.