Plant

Embedded Research Network
To plant: to bring theoretical, live and creative reflexive practices to studies of groups, organisations and institutions.

To be planted: research that grows within living organisations, through people, ideas and their meetings.

To be a plant: researching in the liminal space between inside and outside, covert or overt; navigating and storytelling against/towards academic/practice positions.



Plant is a network to support embedded research within art, architectural and civic organisations. We investigate the creative spaces, objects, and practices surrounding, and produced through, embedded research projects.

This site is a collection of embedded research PROJECTS and associated RESOURCES.

Plant has been established to make the diversity of collaborative hosted relations within embedded research projects visible and explore connections between peer practices. The network aims to critically reflect on the different embedded research positions which have been adopted in relation to non-academic host organisations. With this in mind, a TAXONOMY of embedded research has started to emerge, allowing projects to be categorised by relationships, methods, collaborators, co-productions, and spaces.


Our working definition of embedded research︎︎︎

List of members and affiliations︎︎︎

Next Meeting:

31/08/2021
18:00 (UK, GMT+1)

The network is shaped and organised through open meetings. 
All welcome.

Online via Zoom—contact us for the link

The Personal Library of Barbara Hepworth: A Case Study in the Curation and Interpretation of Artists’ Libraries
Clare Nadal
2020
University of Huddersfield and The Hepworth Wakefield

Artists’ libraries are generally an understudied area of the legacy of an artist and have an uncertain status as to both value and use. Taking the case study of the personal library of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, formerly housed at The Hepworth Wakefield, this thesis combines archival research with a curatorial intervention to demonstrate the value of such traditionally overlooked areas of knowledge in the study of both Hepworth’s work, and that of artists more widely.


Moving in and Out, or Staying in Bed: Using Multiple Ethnographic Positions and Methods to Study Artist-Led Housing as a Critical Spatial Practice
Jonathan Orlek
2021
University of Huddersfield and East Street Arts

Link to thesis︎︎︎

This thesis is concerned with the provision of housing by artist-led organisations. It is also an embedded ethnographic study of a particular house called Artist House 45, a pilot project located in South Leeds. An understanding of artist-led housing as both collective artworks and interventions within the housing sector is developed. The research explores new strategies, rooted in and among the day-to-day processes of artist-led organisations, for communicating, translating and scaling artist-led housing.
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