Laboratory for Civic Arts Research 2023-24

LCAR 2023-24 Call for Participants

The ‘Laboratory for Civic Arts Research’ (LCAR) is a training project for researchers in any discipline and staff of any job family interested in civic engagement through arts tools and methodologies.

The programme has been devised and led by Dr Viviana Checchia (Director of Void Art Centre and expert in socially engaged art practices), with Casi Dylan (ARC Events and Engagement Manager), Dr Dominic Paterson (Senior Lecturer, History of Art / The Hunterian, C&CA Committee Convenor), and Dr Kevin Leomo (College of Arts & Humanities Community and Engagement Manager). The programme builds upon a successful pilot, supported by Thinking Culture / Collaborations & Cultural Activities Committee, School of Culture & Creative Arts.

The principal objective of LCAR is to enhance the civic impact of academic research through bespoke modes of dissemination and circulation, drawing from practices in the arts.

Applications are now open for university staff and PhD students to take part in the programme, which will run one day per month, from November 2023 to June 2024 and will be based at the University’s Advanced Research Centre (ARC).

LCAR will be responsive and flexible to the needs and desires of everyone taking part and will address local issues brought to light over the course of the programme. It will start with a series of collaborative training events to be structured around topics concerned with civic art & engagement. The training is free to attend but will have limited capacity.

Taking place at ARC and other locations around the city, LCAR will collaborate with partners and groups across Glasgow to build networks and open new ways of seeing and participating in the cultural life of the city. LCAR will also act as a support structure for further development of deeper connections between socially engaged art practice and civic life, delivered by leading artistic contributors and partners from around the world. For 2023/24, these include: FRAUD, Phytology, Emilio Hernández Martínez, Void, and Andrew Kotting.

Application Process

To apply to take part in LCAR, please email a letter of interest (of no more than 500 words) including: a little about yourself, your practice, the project(s) you are involved in and why being part of LCAR would allow you to develop your civic practice further. We would also like you to suggest one artist or practitioner you’d like to invite to contribute to the programme.

Admittance to the programme relies on applicants being able to commit to attending all session dates.

– November 22-23, 2023
– December 8, 2023
– January 19, 2024
– February 16, 2024
– March 7, 2024
– April 12, 2024
– May 17, 2024
– June 21, 202

The email should be sent to with the email subject ‘LCAR Name_Surname’ by Friday October 20, 2023. If you have any questions about the application process or LCAR programme, please also contact this email address.

Selection will be made by the LCAR programme leads. Successful applicants will be informed by October 27, with the first group meeting taking place over two days, November 22-23, 2023.