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Recoverism and the Arts: Driving change through collaborative research

April 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm




Recoverism and the Arts

This free one-day event* is a collaboration between the Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours (SUAB), Arts and Health Research Groups at Manchester Met and recovery focused, visual arts & education charity Portraits of Recovery (PORe).

*Funded by Alcohol Research UK

The event sets out to explore and demonstrate how the nexus of arts, research and recovery community activism is making an impact on recovery as a social movement and driver for change in society, policy and practice.

The conference will develop research around the vital role that the arts and culture can play in the lives of people and communities affected by or in recovery from addiction.

It will showcase pioneering projects and artists that encompass local, national and European projects and will facilitate an exploration of future, more inclusive, interdisciplinary research collaborations with a range of cultural & community partners.

The aim of the conference is to demonstrate the impact of arts in supporting recovery. In doing so we aim to inspire attendees to create future collaborations that encompass practitioners, policy makers, researchers and communities affected by or in recovery from addiction.

Key Objectives

To showcase the impact the arts can have on personal and cultural wellbeing by exploring addiction and recovery as transformative social processes which re-configure identity, establish alternative platforms for voice, and promote inclusivity and the re-framing of addiction & recovery identities beyond current cliché.

Initiate and provoke creative dialogue and idea generation around further recovery community development between people in recovery, recovery activists, arts practitioners, commissioners and policy makers.

Explore the role of researchers and the arts in driving change to support the innovative contribution towards UK recovery movement development.

Presentations and Performances will include:

Plenary introduction :’The landscape of substance use recovery in the UK.’ Dr Nigel Cox, Social Anthropologist and Recovery Movement Researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Director of Arts for Health, Clive Parkinson will share the Recoverist Manifesto.

From Dafta to Bafta: ‘Why Art Matters’ Mark Prest, Curator, Recovery Activist & founding Director of Portraits of Recovery (PORe)

The making of ‘Wonderland’: Arts and Humanities Research Council award-winning film & project exploring the utopian nature of recovery. Michaela Jones, Recovery activist and collaborative researcher.

UNSEEN: Simultaneous Realities – an artist view of working with South Asian experience of addiction and recovery. Artist & MMU senior lecturer in fine art and art history, Sutapa Biswas

Art & Social Change: An Erasmus Plus pilot training programme utilising the arts within addiction and recovery health environments. Aurelija Kugyte, Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences & Nuccia Cammara, ASP/Palermo.

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre: ‘Shadows of Light’

‘The role of research in social change and social justice.’ Professor Rebecca Lawthom – Director, Research Centre for Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University.


April 25, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Manchester Metropolitan University


Manchester School of Art
4th Floor, Benzie Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Higher Ormond Street
Manchester , Lancs M15 6BG United Kingdom
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