Start date:
June 2017

We are a group of academics, creative professionals, and representatives from cultural organisations ranging from small arts groups and community groups to national heritage and arts portfolio organisations and local authorities.

The Cultural Participation Research Network was established in June 2017 with help from Cardiff University’s Strong Communities, Healthier People Flagship Engagement Project led by Dr Eva Elliott. The network aims to bring a range of individuals and organisations together in Wales to develop a programme of research around cultural participation and what it means for communities, culture, policy and government in Wales and beyond.

We are a small network with big ambitions, aiming to contribute to the central issues and questions facing Wales as a nation. Our work is rooted in the co-production of action and knowledge, and we aim to constructively disrupt and challenge the way things are done in order to make a positive contribution to civil society.

The network is being facilitated by Dr Eva Elliott and Dr Ellie Byrne at Cardiff University. Please get in touch if you would like more information or to join:

Research team

Workshop CPRN Meeting: 'IN THE SYSTEM'
22nd January 2020 |
'IN THE SYSTEM' A research-based play on the barriers to accessing mental health services. Hosted by Dr Rhiannon Lane, Reality Theatre Company, and the Cultural Participation Research Network (CPRN). Sponsored by Jayne Bryant AM. Funded by Wellcome...
Workshop CPRN meeting: Performing the everyday: the power of theatre
8th July 2019 |
Join us for the next Cultural Participation Research Network meeting: Performing the everyday: the power of theatre. The theme this time is Theatre and how it can contribute to knowledge exchange, evidence, wellbeing, culture and civil society. We...
Seminar Cultural Participation Research Network December meeting
1st December 2017 |
Join us for the second Cultural Participation Research Network meeting, we will be providing lunch and an opportunity for networking, as well as updating on developments so far. We will also be hearing about the seed corn funding and the projects...
Affiliate ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017: Class: The elephant in the room
6th November 2017 |
The middle classes run the arts; they define value, they define excellence, they define what the next new thing is. Don't they? Then what are the possibilities for change in an industry that undervalues and distances itself from working-class people...
Workshop The Art of Looking at Ourselves
15th September 2017 |
Llantwit Major
With: Sally Hughes and Iwan Brioc, The Republic of the Imagination You are warmly invited to take part in The Art of Looking at Ourselves this autumn, in the beautiful setting of St Donat's Arts Centre in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. The weekend...
Workshop Artist Hotel Housewarming Party and Stay
7th September 2017 |
Join Knowle West Media Centre to celebrate the opening of the first We Can Make house: a straw-bale building designed by White Design and made in Knowle West. The first Artist Hotel will be offering a full experience including night-cap, ‘fireside’...
Workshop Hidden Hillfort Launch Event
5th September 2017 |
This event launched the Hidden Hillfort project, funded by Heritage Lottery, in collaboration with ACE and Cardiff University. There was food and drinks, stalls, info about volunteering, gardening and clearing activities, children’s activities and a...