For the first time this year’s conference will feature a Research Gallery where we’ll be displaying research on the conference theme of Blurring boundaries and crossing frontiers in Social Research'.
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 showcases examples of where and how this creative approach is already being expertly utilised.
All selected submissions are grounded in research and relate to any aspect of the research journey. The topics covered are diverse and reflect 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 range from; photos, illustrations, drawings, paintings, and collages to short films, sculptures, models, hand-made books and boardgames. The exhibitors have 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 have created their own pieces whilst others have collaborated with established artists. Over 25 pieces will be displayed in the Research Gallery at the Social Research Association’s Annual Conference.