For the first time this year’s conference featured a Research Gallery where research on the conference theme of 'Blurring boundaries and crossing frontiers in Social Research' was displayed
Research boundaries are blurring as research aims to reach a diverse population including the participants, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders. Research needs to engage its audience through creativity; the SRA’s first ever Research Gallery showcased examples of where and how this creative approach is already being expertly utilised.
All selected submissions were grounded in research and related to any aspect of the research journey. The topics covered were diverse and reflected the wide range of research being funded; mental and physical health, bereavement, learning disabilities, care home living, social care, needs of people in local communities, impact of internet connectivity, women’s experiences, family photo albums, teenage identity, drug use, benefit receipt, data collection design, homelessness and recycling.
Submitted pieces for the Research Gallery ranged from; photos, illustrations, drawings, paintings, and collages to short films, sculptures, models, hand-made books and boardgames. The exhibitors had diverse backgrounds and work across a range of sectors including Royal Colleges, universities, government departments, research institutes, agencies and consultancies, charities and community network organisations. Some researchers created their own pieces whilst others collaborated with established artists. Over 25 pieces were displayed in the Research Gallery at the Social Research Association’s Annual Conference and a winner and runner up were selected by a group of judges as well as the attendees at the conference.