The arts’ role in combatting poverty – aided by long-term commitment of local community members – has been highlighted in a University of the West of Scotland (UWS) evidence review.
The evidence review is the most recent paper published from the Centre for Culture, Sport and Events (CCSE) at UWS, which has been delivered in collaboration with members of the local community.
UWS’s Dr Sophie Mamattah said: “This piece of work highlights the relationship between investment in arts and culture and the alleviation of material poverty too – showing that investing in local culture has real benefits for local communities; one of the primary focuses of the Future Paisley project.”
The CCSE is jointly funded by UWS and the Future Paisley programme. CCSE has been set up to undertake collaborative research and development work that has relevance for the Renfrewshire area, nationally and internationally.
‘The Role of Arts and Culture in Lifting Communities Out of Poverty’ was published by Dr Mamattah, Professor David McGillivray, Professor Gayle McPherson (all from the CCSE at UWS) and Tamsin Cox (DHA Communications), as part of the UKRI Enhancing Place-Based Partnerships for Public Engagement Project.
The review looks at existing research on the subject, alongside work with Renfrewshire Council, the STAR Project Paisley and local community members to co-produce new research into the ways in which the arts – including visual art, theatre and music – and creativity affect individual and community wellbeing.
To help inform the research workshops were held earlier in the year with members of the local community in Shortroods. The Paisley Art and Soul workshops asked local people their views on why culture is important to them.