Social Impact of Artist Exhibitions:Two Case Studies, 2007
Published by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
In recent years there has been mounting concern to understand the distribution, utility
and influence of research findings in non-academic contexts. This concern originates in part from political imperatives to demonstrate public value, for research to move towards pragmatic considerations in wider public discourse, in cultural, industry and policy environments.
All UK Research Councils are expected to be able to demonstrate the wider impact and value of academic research. The important question that we must seek to address is: what is the contribution of arts and humanities research to society? Or, what is the impact or influence of arts and humanities research outside the academy?
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has commissioned a series of case studies to investigate the impact of arts and humanities research. Across the series as a whole, impact has been defined in its broadest sense to include economic, social and cultural elements. The case studies included in this publication focus on the social impact of two artist exhibitions, specifically concentrating on visitor responses and reactions. Established in April 2005, the Arts and HumanitiesResearch Council provides funding for a range of UK wide programmes, supporting the highest quality research and postgraduate training in the arts and humanities.