Researcher in Residence

Dr Danny McNally is a member of Peckham Platform’s Social Art Network, currently being established to facilitate wider debate and a more comprehensive understanding of Social Arts Practice nationally.

As a ‘Researcher in Residence’ at Peckham Platform, Danny will publish a report looking at how geography can be used to better understand the impact and value of socially engaged art practice. As a cultural geographer, his work will seek to add detail and nuance to the specific methodologies of two prominent socially engaged artists, Barby Asante and Sarah Cole. Combining in-depth interviews and archival research on the artists’ past work, the research will discuss working methods, philosophies and deeper understandings of artistic practices that enhance the social impact of this genre of work.

This report was discussed at a public event titled Methodologies of Socially Engaged Art that took place at Tate Modern on 21 April 2016, 2 – 6pm. Chaired by Paul Goodwin, Professor of Transnational Curating and UAL Chair of Black Art and Design and trustee at Peckham Platform, the event included talks by Danny McNally, curator Marijke Steedman and artists Barby Asante (The South London Black Music Archive, To Gypsyland, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable) and Sarah Cole (Tribe, Care Full, Smother) on the working methods and philosophies of socially engaged artists.

Danny launched his publication, ‘Methodologies of Socially Engaged Art: Makings, Mediators and Materialities: a geographical framework’, at Peckham Platform on 13 October, 2016. Danny, in conversation with Gallery Manager Tim Dixon, explored the broader network of relations which participatory art practice is situated within and discussed Peckham Platform’s emerging status as a research hub for social arts practice.

Please email info@peckhamplatform.com for a copy of Danny McNally’s publication, Makings, Mediators and Materialities: a geographical framework. The report is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Danny is AHRC Cultural Engagement Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London whose research focuses on the geographies of art and aesthetics. He is particularly interested in thinking about participatory art practices as a way to engage with geographical issues such as urban diversity, meaningful encounter and cultural labour. Danny has a BA in Human Geography and an MA in Cultural Geography (Research). He was awarded a PhD by Royal Holloway, University of London for his thesis entitled ‘Participatory art and the cultural geographies of encounter’. This traced three participatory art projects in Peckham, Bow and Finsbury Park, and investigated the type of encounters and relations they created within super-diverse urban landscapes. Danny teaches at Royal Holloway and Leeds Beckett University.

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Date: 21/04/2016
Panel: Danny McNally, curator Marijke Steedman and artists Barby Asante and Sarah Cole. This event was chaired by Paul Goodwin, Professor of Transnational Curating and UAL Chair of Black Art and Design and trustee at Peckham Platform.
Venue: Tate Modern

00:00 Introduction, Paul Goodwin
14:40 Introduction, Dr Danny McNally
26:26 Marijke Steedman
48:15 Barby Asante
1:13:06 Sarah Cole
1:34:00 Panel discussion followed by questions and answers