Working Together To Create Change


Rosie Campbell and myself conducted a participatory action research (PAR) and participatory arts (PA) project with communities affected by street sex work in Walsall. The project was commissioned by local residents via Walsall South Health Action Zone. The project was supported by Mark Webster, Walsall Community Arts.
Working in partnership with local residents, sex workers, Wasall Community Arts, Walsall Youth Arts and statutory and voluntary organisations we produced a report, recommendations for policy and practice, arts work and an exhibition. The community artist working on the project was Kate Green. Kate focused the art workshops around safety as this was the common issue of concern across all groups/stakeholders. Art workshops took place with sex workers, residents and young people living in the area. When the research was finished, the residents who had worked with us as community researchers developed the web-site and a leaflet 'What you told us about prostitution' . The report, arts works, leaflet and summary report can be found on the web-site. The project is a good example of the value, impact and processes involved in participatory action research and participatory arts.



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