Researching event-centred projects: showcasing grounded aesthetics

Howard, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8493-5721, 2021. Researching event-centred projects: showcasing grounded aesthetics. Qualitative Research, p. 146879412199097. ISSN 1468-7941

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Showcasing plays a fundamental role in arts education programmes. This paper presents an approach to research scenarios which explore ‘event-centred’ projects. Drawing on arts-based methodologies and research projects, this approach could be extended to the study of seasonal rituals, festivals and other types of organisational settings in which creative work culminates in some type of public display. This paper defines the key features of this method, which draw on Paul Willis’ concept of ‘grounded aesthetics’ and Sarah Pink’s work on the sensorial and embodied experience. I discuss the experimentation with various digital media and documentation strategies which adopt a participatory and collaborative perspective. I focus on how the sensorial, multimodal and collaborative approaches to ethnography are used within event-centred research projects which complement more ‘traditional’ ethnographic approaches. Finally, this paper offers a methodological contribution regarding how to unpack the ‘grounded aesthetics’ of specific contexts and communities.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Qualitative Research
Creators: Howard, F.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 17 February 2021
ISSN: 1468-7941
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021. article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Feb 2021 11:57
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:06

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