Public Involvement in Public Health Research Knowledge MobilisationFellowships
Alex Julyan is a visual artist who has worked in design, production, performance, film and writing. During the last decade her
practice has expanded to include collaborations with musicians, dancers, architects,
scientists and writers. In 2017 she was appointed The Horniman
Museum (London) Artist in Residence working with the musical instrument
collection and in 2014 was awarded a three year Wellcome Trust Public Engagement
Based at our Truro campus, Alex will be working with Dr Kath Maguire and researchers from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, members from the Health and Environment Public Engagement group (HEPE) and My Blue Health. My Blue Health in pan-European research initiative investigating the links between environment, climate and health. The programme is specifically focused on understanding how water-based environments (coasts, canals, lakes, ponds, rivers etc.) can affect health and wellbeing. HEPE is a network of people from across Cornwall who are interested in research and learning about the complex interactions between environments, society and health. They work with Kath and her team to help identify research priorities, plan strategies and communicate results.
Working collaboratively with the above and focusing on the themes of land, water and air, Alex will explore emotional attachments and personal meanings that connect people to outdoor places with water.
Alex says 'This fellowship focuses on the processes that connect researchers and their work in health and environment to the public and their relationships with bodies of water. There are many parallels in scientific research with the artistic process, for example: positing a question, idea or hypothesis to launch a journey of enquiry. The process in this case will start with understanding the methods researchers have been employing and the public interaction with their work. I will be putting creative methods into the mix to engage researchers and participants in new kinds of conversations and exchanges.
My imperative is neither to illustrate the evidence nor find hard and fast conclusions. I am here to catalyse ideas, shake up imaginations and make creative connections.'
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Find out more about Alex's work here.
The below film shows The Poplar Pavillion which came out of Alex Julyan's Wellcome Trust Fellowship in 2017. This was community informed designed space which started life as an experiment and conversation piece about wellbeing and built environment. Film courtesy of Alex Julyan.