Social sculpture is a field of people as much as it is a field of transformation. The PEOPLE section of this site reflects a range of different connections and relationships that practitioners and researchers have with the Social Sculpture Research Unit.
Some of the people profiled are involved in the field as their core activity. Others are ‘friends’ of the SSRU, engaged in related explorations, actions and research.
The territory is also peopled with student researchers, who are able to spend time in the taught masters programme or undertaking doctoral study, linked to or developing one or more of the SSRU’s projects and areas of investigation.
There are several ways in which people are related to the SSRU:
The SSRU Staff are actively involved in giving direction to and running the SSRU, as well as in the development of its projects, processes and resources. This group draws on members of the Core Network and the Wider Network to give advice. It also includes current Project and Research Assistants and Interns.
Students connected to the SSRU are either on the taught practice-based Masters in Social Sculpture or they are doing postgraduate research in social sculpture and related areas, which can be primarily practice-based, theoretical or some combination of the two. The work of these students – past and present – is outlined here.
The SSRU wider network includes people, projects and organisations that are working actively with the SSRU in one or more areas of its activity.
It also includes ‘friends’ who are working in parallel territories and projects and are in dialogue with core group members.
We have run many workshops since the launch of the SSRU in 1998. Social sculpture ideas and methodologies have become a significant aspect of the work of some of these people – although the initial contact might have been brief. Here we list these workshops, the people and where they came from. In time we would like to follow up on how they are working with these ideas and practices now.