Creative and participatory methods
In Foodscapes, we have sought to build alliances between researchers, community stakeholders and people dealing with food insecurity. Our outreach and engagement has included a wide range of activities including stakeholder-led field tours and site visits, focus sessions, informal discussions, interviews and volunteering – all of which contributed to the development of our arts programming and research methodologies. What this information told us was that we needed ways of exploring food in meaningful and expressive ways without being obtrusive or interfering with the objectives of our stakeholder partners. First, we used photovoice – a participatory research approach in which people use photo images to capture aspects of their environment and experiences for sharing with others. The preliminary outputs of this work – produced by clients of The Matthew Tree Project – are currently on display at the parlour showrooms. Secondly, we invited clients to participate in a two-day bread-baking relay during Big Green Week. While this work is on-going, we see it as an experience to draw on and develop techniques of existence collaboratively, in a creative and enjoyable way.