What We Do
At Bricolage Arts our main focus is the relationship between practice, research and engagement. We explore this using creative arts methods, working with schools, educational charities, and community groups to develop and deliver interdisciplinary arts-based workshops with children, young people, and adults.
Founded by an artist-researcher and a linguistic ethnographer, our aim is to promote linguistic diversity and social inclusion through arts-based learning. Through our extensive experience in educational engagement and gallery interpretation, we develop and deliver innovative research-based programmes, specifically related to themes of place, belonging, and identity.
Louise Atkinson finished her Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded practice-based PhD in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds in 2016. Jessica Bradley is in the final year of her PhD at the School of Education in the University of Leeds as part of the AHRC-funded Translating Cultures project, ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’ (TLANG).
Our work is grounded in the arts and in arts practice. But it is interdisciplinary at its core and addresses key themes in literacy, geography, history and modern foreign languages. Through these programmes, children and young people develop key critical and analytical skills which they can then apply across their educational work.
We teach our participants to aim high. By introducing children and young people to the idea of research and becoming researchers, we work to change perceptions of what happens inside the university, taking it out into communities. Find out more about our work and the different collaborative arts-based projects we have developed, both together and separately.
I was so impressed with how engaged the students were and the work they produced was some of the best we've seen!Charlotte Matless, IntoUniversity, Leeds South
I really enjoyed the celebration event and thought the students were fantastic. It was such a positive atmosphere and an incredible representation of the diversity and community spirit among the younger generation.Steve Gleadall, University of Leeds
We all felt really proud as we watched our students explain their work to totally new adults with confidence and insight, and it was great to see them in such a different context.Rosie Kenwood, IntoUniversity, Leeds East
I’ve been working with Jess for four years on a range of language outreach projects – she combines insight, passion and drive to deliver activities which spark the enthusiasm of young people and encourage them to reflect on pertinent, relevant and broadly applicable ideas and concepts.Esther Harper, University of Leeds
Jess' creative energy, intellectual breadth, kindness and supportiveness make her tremendously inspiring and a wonderful collaborator. She excels at bringing together diverse groups of people and enabling them to get the best out of their collaboration.Dr Lou Harvey, School of Education, University of Leeds
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