C3 and DTA PGR Research Seminar

Event Details

  • Date: 11:00 – 13:00 19 January 2023
  • Where:Catalyst Creativity Zone CA303
  • Who: Open to all PGRs, DTA and C3 members

C3 and DTA PGR Research Seminar

Research seminar open for all PGRs on the morning of Thursday, January 19th 2023, in the Catalyst Building. Contact Dave Payling for details.

  • Marina Miltiadou – Teaching Music Visually
  • Tim Anderson – Using Bricolage to Imagine/Image the Eschaton as a Solo Digital Artist
  • Joel Morrey – Co-authorship and perceived audience ownership in participatory sound art: how does the perceived level of co-authorship influence an audience’s critical opinion of a work?
  • Mike Knowles – The Producer in Independent British Film Making
  • Calum Wilton – Environmental Audiovisual Composition

They will all present a talk on their research.

Please note, this is an in-person event. Tea and coffee will be available!

New Factory Events! In-person and Online!

Factory is delivering a number of events coming up. Do feel free to share this info on with others you think might be interested.

FACTORY is an ERDF funded project, delivered in collaboration with the Chamber, BCB, and Staffordshire University. It supports innovation-led-practices for the SME Creative Industries in Stoke-on-Trent. Our partner organisation BCB has also a webpage dedicated to FACTORY available here

Factory Seminar – A Beginners Guide to Funding and Grant Applications  (In-person)  

  • Delivered by: Clare Wood 
  • Date: 26th October, 2022 
  • Time: 6-7.30pm 
  • Location: Room L410, Flaxman Building, Staffordshire University, College Road, ST4 2DE 
  • More info and to Book Now 


Factory Lunch Hour – Keeping it Simple: Admin and Organisation 

  • Delivered by: Natalie Armitage and Rhiannon Ewing-James 
  • Date: 1st November, 2022 
  • Time: 1-2pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • More info and to Book Now 


Artist Development Surgeries 

  • The BCB Artist Development Surgeries are an opportunity to talk about a project or idea that has a connection to Stoke-on-Trent, its people, place or industries. This opportunity is for people feel they would benefit from speaking about it with a member of the BCB Artistic Programme/Exhibitions team.  
  • Date: 7th November, 2022 
  • Time: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. 
  • Location: Online 
  • More info and to Book Now 


Factory Seminar – To Pitch or Not to Pitch: Responding to Procurement Tenders and how this could be an opportunity (Online) 


Factory Seminar – The guide to knowing your audience 


Factory Lunch Hour – Knowing your worth: Pricing your work and time 


Factory Lunch Hour – Streamline Your Client Management 

DTA Research Seminar Series 2022-23 – Research Frameworks

The School of Digital, Technologies and Arts is again holding a series of seminars, chaired and curated by C3 member Becky Nunes, following a life-cycle of reserch: It will cover presentations by researchers about how projects start, how to work across teams, how to co-create research with external communities and in the second half of the season will moev to how research gets funded and reviwed.

Seminars are designed to be in person, but recordings will be available afterwards. Dates for the seminars are:

  • WED NOV 9TH 3.30-5.00P.M : CA204 – BEGINNINGS – How do projects start? What are the catalysts for interesting research projects? (Michael Day, Alke Groeppel-Wegener)
  • WED DEC 7TH 3.30-5.00P.M: CA204 : COLLABORATIONS – Working across teams, co-creating and other fruitful research partnerships (Neil Brownsword, Maria Martinez-Sanchez)
  • WED JAN 11TH 3.30-5.00P.M : CA204: : COLLABORATIONS – Working across teams, co-creating and other fruitful research partnerships (Islam Abohela)

Catch-Up: #RebelliousResearch #1: Agnieszka Piotrowska

The recording from the first session of ‘Rebellious Research’ (Arts/practice-based research seminar series) is now available to watch online: ‘Tentacular thinking’ in Creative Practice Research as a Radical Intellectual Gesture by Agnieszka Piotrowska.

You can find the recordings from the last year’s edition of the series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlngmRq1T-8&list=PLMUvev1_9LqMfwY4BBRR71vwa5YQaKxWw

‘Tentacular thinking’ in Creative Practice Research as a Radical Intellectual Gesture by

Agnieszka Piotrowska (Reader in Film, SODA, MMU & Professor, Film and Cultural Studies, The University of Gdańsk). Wednesday 26th October 2022, 15:30-17:00 (GMT)

 In this talk, Agnieszka Piotrowska considere the notion of what ‘knowledge’ might be for a creative research practitioner and how ‘high theory’ might be of assistance in inspiring ideas and creative strategies. She will share her most recent experience of working across disciplines with the new experimental film Wash (2022). It is a hybrid documentary with element of animation and drama dealing with serious issues of development in Zimbabwe, a country in which she has done much work over the years. The piece of work has been funded by Strategic England Research 2021 and the University of Edinburgh.

Age of Creativity: Place Making of Making Place

This partnership, recorded on 19 May 2022, was co-devised by colleagues at Keele University, Staffordshire University and Age UK Oxfordshire, as part of the Age of Creativity Festival 2022 and Creative Later Life 2025.

The keynote presentations and panel discussions around creative aging and placemaking, is now avaiable from the link above.

C3 Centre’s Professor Carola Boehm gave a talk on #Culture30Walks: How Creative is your Place?

Speakers included:

  • Professor David Amigoni FEA- Director, Keele Institute for Social Inclusion (KISI), Keele Deal Culture & ArtsKeele (chair)
  • Carola Boehm– Professor of Arts and Higher Education, Staffordshire University
  • Rose Gilroy-Professor of Ageing Planning and Policy, Chair of Future Homes Alliance, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
  • Steven Millington– Director/ Senior Fellow at The Institute of Place Management and Reader in Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Jason Jones-Hall– Director of Development, Five10Twelve
  • Neil Johnson– Engagement Project Lead, Liverpool City Region

It covers topics and case studies exploring the following:

  • How does creativity/ culture contribute to ‘vibrant’ places for older people beyond local tourism?
  • What constitutes a creative/ cultural ‘asset’ to older communities experiencing inequality?
  • What ‘value’ do we give creativity/culture and older communities experiencing inequalities in rebranding places?
  • What role does place based leadership have in making places both ‘Creative/ Cultural’ and ‘Age Friendly’?
  • How can inequalities be tackled by ‘making’ in place and is this place leadership?

Art/Practice-Based Research Seminar Series

Following the and popular first round of the Art/Practice-based research seminar series (and a Special Issue on Recontextualising Practice-based Research which followed), the seminar series, hosted by C3 Centre Agata Lulkowska, returns with a new title and some truly exquisite guests. As always, free and open to all (all sessions run online via MS Teams), this initiative aims at widening support and understanding around practice research in a friendly and inclusive manner, with some top experts sharing their experience and advice.

  • For more info and to be added to the mailing list please contact Agata Lulkowska (Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk)
  • The programme is available from here
  • The Youtube Channel of our past recorded seminars is here (below a taster from the first seminar)

Hawthorn Ridge : a forensic investigation into the archaeology and history of Hawthorn Crater

Recently released, in a warm and engaging audio interview, producer and Associate Professor Fiona Graham from C3 and historian Colin Winn walk to the craters and tour their perimeter. While doing so they share with us their stories behind this exciting project into the crater and talk about the special relationship that has developed with the local community. Colin is a military historian and tunnelling expert and Fiona an associate professor on the project.

The Hawthorn Redoubt was an formidable defensive position for the Germans which was blown up on the morning of 1 July 1916 by a mine that had been placed beneath the German stronghold on the ridge. The explosion, ten minutes before the whistles blew at 7:30am, destroyed the position but the timing of the detonation and the lifting of the artillery barrage meant that the position was reinforced by the Germans, leading to massive losses among the attacking British troops. 

The full article and interview can be viewed and listened to at:

2021/22 Books from Staff at the C3 Centre at Staffordshire University

We have had a bumber year of books for the C3 researcher community. Here are some of the latest boooks with links to our institutional depository. Some of these books are available as a pre-copy-edited Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM), so do have a look.

  • BOEHM, Carola (2022) Arts and Academia: The Role of the Arts in Civic Universities. Great Debates in Higher Education . Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley. ISBN 978-1-83867-730-5 https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/7301/   and FULL PDF
  • MARSDEN, Robert (2022) Inside the Rehearsal Room. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350103658  https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/7425/
  • MCKENNA, Mark (2021) Horror Franchise Cinema. Routledge, London. ISBN ISBN 9780367183271 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/5283/  
  • MCKENNA, Mark (2021) Snuff. Devil’s Advocates . Auteur | Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6851/
  • RUDGE, Peter (2021) Beyond the Blue Economy; Creative Industries and Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States. Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development . Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780367820251 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6927/
  • MACCALLUM-STEWART, Esther and Brown, Douglas (2020) Rerolling Boardgames: Essays on Themes, Systems, Experiences and Ideologies (Studies in Gaming). Studies in Gaming . MacFarland Press. ISBN 978-1-4766-7079-9 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6726/
  • MCKENNA, Mark (2020) Nasty Business: The Marketing and Distribution of the Video Nasties. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474451086 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6019/
  • WEBLEY, Stephen and Zackariasson, Peter, eds. (2019) The Playful Undead and Video Games: Critical Analyses of Zombies and Gameplay. Routledge, New York. https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6803/

And if we missed any books, authored by C3 staff, let us know and we will feature them here.

C3 Centre and Staffordshire University shows substantial improvement in REF 2021

Staffs Uni has welcomed the results of REF 2021 which has recognised more of its research as “internationally excellent” and “world leading”

Our press release can be accessed from https://www.staffs.ac.uk/news/2022/05/staffordshire-university-shows-substantial-improvement-in-ref-2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Overall, 68% of Staffordshire University’s research was judged 3* “internationally excellent” and 4* “world leading”, up from 37% in 2014 when the last REF results were announced. In addition, 87% of the University’s research impact has been rated as “very considerable” or “outstanding”, again the two highest categories. This has resulted in a rise of 22 places in the Times Higher League Table to =86.

C3 Centre Communities

Key Units of assessments for the C3 Centre were Art and Design (UoA 32) and Communications and Cultural Studies (UoA34).

The University rated most highly for Art and Design where 91% of its research was recognised as 4* and 3* and 100% of research impact was judged to be “very considerable” or “outstanding”.

Art and Design:

  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”
  • 91% of research is rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

In this area, we made substantial improvements compared to REF 2014

  • 4* outputs increased from 0.0% to 47.1%
  • 3* outputs increased from 15.0% to 41.1%
  • 4* impact increased from 0.0% to 50.0%

The overall GPA for the unit increased from 1.88 to 3.32 (out of 4.0).

Communication and Cultural studies:

  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

In this area, we made substantial improvements compared to REF 2014

  • 4* outputs increased from 7.3% to 13.5%
  • 3* outputs increased from 20.0% to 32.4%
  • 4* impact increased from 0.0% to 50.0%
  • 3* impact increased from 20.0% to 50.0%

The overall GPA for the unit increased from 1.86 to 2.74 (out of 4.0).

Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary

But we also work with many research communities across the university, and the C3 Centre membership spreads across different assessment units, each one of these having made improvements in research impacts and outputs:


  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

Business and management:

  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”
  • 71% of research overall is “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

Social Work Social Policy:

  • 64% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”


  • 75% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”       
  • 87% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

Collaboration and Co-Creation

We have always worked in partnership with many communities locally, regionally and globally.

Thank You to all our stakeholders, partners & collaborators who have been part of our collective journey. Together we are shaping a more creative future.

Two of our impact case studies by Associate Professor Anna Francis and Associate Professor Nic Gratton demonstrate how research, collaboration and communities can work together.

Neil Brownsword, Prof of Ceramics, in Conversation at the London Craft Week 2022

As part of the London Craft Week 2022, the Korea Association of Art and Design returns for London Craft Week 2022 with a panel of experts in the area of ceramics, glass and crafts.

The virtual event will take place 9 May 2022, at 11:00 AM . Professor Brownsword will give a talk on:

Thinking through the Past for the Future: Neil Brownsword, Artist, Researcher, Professor, Department of Ceramics, Staffordshire University, UK 

Registration is at:


Abstract is provided below.


Thinking through the Past for the Future.   

Neil Brownsword 

 Throughout history, ceramics have played an important role in the phenomenon of cultural transfer. For centuries China, Korea and Japan have influenced each other’s aesthetics, practices and technologies. Subsequent trade with the West, and the imitation and assimilation of East Asian goods and styles in the late 17th and 18th centuries greatly influenced the development of new ceramic traditions in Europe that were to gain historical prominence.  

 Since 2015 artist Neil Brownsword has explored this historic cycle of knowledge exchange, via performances staged in South Korea and the UK which have addressed the cultural hierarchies and value systems aligned to their ceramic traditions.In his work Factory (2017) staged at Icheon World Ceramic Centre, Brownsword re-choreographed the indigenous ceramic practices of two ex-factory personnel from Stoke-on-Trent and four Korean artisans to question established hierarchies of cultural production and reassign value to people and practices displaced by global economics.  

By reactivating obsolescence via non-commercialised production, Brownsword revealed a shared language of haptic intelligences developed through ethical modes of exchange between East and West.  

 Performing FACTORY in Korea enabled the actors of marginalised immaterial heritage to renegotiate their value in a context where similar embodiments of knowledge are culturally protected. Its tour to the British Ceramics Biennial 2017, furthered UK/Korea cultural exchange, strengthening Stoke-on-Trent’s regeneration ambition as a global centre for ceramics. This presentation examines the context and development of Brownsword’s collaborations and his exploration of heritage as a ‘living process’ that can be constantly reimagined for the future. 

 Neil Brownsword is an artist, researcher and educator who holds a professorial position in ceramics at Staffordshire University. Brownsword began his career in ceramics as an apprentice at the Wedgwood factory in the mid- 1980’s. His practice examines the legacy of globalisation in relation to Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic manufacturing sector, and the impact this has had upon people, place and traditional skills. Using film and performative installation Brownsword deconstructs complex craft knowledge within industrial production to pose questions surrounding the value of inter-generational skill. His work is represented in public/private collections internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Yingee Ceramic Museum Taiwan and Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum China. In 2009 he was awarded the ‘One Off Award’ at the inaugural British Ceramic Biennial, and the Grand Prize at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea in 2015, and Whitegold International Ceramic Prize in 2019.