Media, Community and the Creative Citizen


Media, Community and the Creative Citizen is a research council funded project exploring the value of creative citizenship.

The project has essentially ended but we continue to engage with partners, research and communities here, on social media and at events such as our Creative Citizens Fair, in the lead up to publication of our book in 2016.

The research was organised in three complementary strands: hyperlocal publishing, community-led design and creative networks. This site tracks progress and welcomes discussion of our work.

Three strands of Research:

Hyperlocal Publishing

Our research strand hypothesises that citizenship practices around Hyperlocal Publishing will be found to generate value in a range of different ways. Read more

Community-Led Design

Community led design is a practice where individual citizens are given the opportunity to engage directly and creatively in the formulation of solutions for their own environment, whether these are physical spaces, build- ings, neighbourhoods or services. Read more

Creative Networks

How does creative citizenship generate value for communities within a changing media landscape and how can this pursuit of value be intensified, propagated and sustained?’ by exploring creative citizenship activities generated within two creative community networks. Read more

Latest Posts from the Blog

Podcast with Bearwood Promoters

July 1st, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

Janet Thomas

You might have seen them speak at our Fair on Saturday, but we have even more from Bearwood Promoters, a podcast that we actually recorded prior to the event but have been saving up. In this interview, we talk to Janet Thomas, Vice Chair or the Promoters. The Youtube video of that Fair talk by […]

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Creative Citizens Fair: a million thank yous.

June 30th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Showcase | no comments

Craft muthas finger knitting workshop

Saturday (June 27th) was the day of our Creative Citizens Fair. As with any event like this, we weren’t sure exactly how it would turn out. We had planned to the nth degree, invited, and sold out all our 100 tickets on Eventbrite, but still, you never know until the day. We needn’t have worried. Minimal teething […]

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Meet the stallholders: All Of Birmingham Is A Stage

June 26th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Showcase | no comments

dance exchange

We’re bringing together an eclectic mix of community activists and organisations for our Creative Citizens Fair on Saturday. We’re really pleased that DanceXchange will be attending with information about a new project:  All of Birmingham Is a Stage. Inspired by community consultation over the last 2 years, the project aims to bring local people together across […]

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Meet the stallholders: Reel Eyes Films

June 25th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Showcase | no comments

reel eyes

Another stall holder we’re pleased to welcome to Saturday’s Creative Citizens Fair is Reel Eyes Films. Providing professional film media for charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and start-ups, Reel Eyes have a straightforward mission: ‘to provide expert video production, at an affordable price, for social value organisations.’ Reel Eyes Films helps organisations who want to raise awareness […]

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