Over the years, we’ve contributed book chapters, reports and research studies relating to the work involving ArtsWok. Others have also researched and written about our projects.

Conceptual design of the word play

Play Matters

ArtsWok E-Newsletter Issue 3
28 June 2019

Why do communities need to play? How does play look like as an approach in community engagement practices?

Infographic of the meaning of community development

What Does Community Development Look Like?

ArtsWok E-Newsletter Issue 2
19 December 2018

What constitutes “development” for work in communities? How does the arts feature in this dynamic?

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Creatives in Places

ArtsWok E-Newsletter Issue 1
29 June 2018

In this inaugural issue of our newsletter, we delve into the topic of creative placemaking through the work of OH! Open House, Let’s Go Play Outside! and Janet Pillai.

Title page of IPS Exchange Series on Mobilising Diverse Community Assets to Meet Social Needs

The Role Of The Arts Intermediary

October 2017

ArtsWok contributed this chapter to the Institute of Policy Studies Exchange Series publication, “Mobilising Diverse Community Assets to Meet Social Needs.” Drawing on our experiences in the field, we highlight the role and value of an arts intermediary, as well as the challenges faced as bridge-builders working to create an enabling environment for a successful arts-based intervention to happen.

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Both Sides, Now: Living With Dying

19 September 2017

Both Sides, Now was an inter-disciplinary community arts project, produced by ArtsWok Collaborative and Drama Box, set up to engage the general public in conversations about issues of death and dying. This qualitative research study aimed to investigate its efficacy as a community arts project, its impact on audiences, artists, stakeholders and volunteers who attended or were involved in its construction as well as how they perceived and responded to the event. Finally, it sought to identify what artists, healthcare workers, academics and stakeholders could learn from immersive arts experiences like Both Sides, Now to inform future such projects. This research was carried out by Drs. Prue Wales and Charlene Rajendran from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

Group photo of ArtsWok Collaborative and artist who went to the US to learn about art-based community

Twin Cities – Singapore Exchange

17 September 2016

ArtsWok Collaborative and a group of socially engaged Singaporean artists headed to the US to share and to learn about arts-based community development. Their reflections and insights have been captured in these reports Being Less Than One by Alecia Neo, The Third Place by Han Xuemei and A Call for a Creative Community Centre by Ngiam Su-Lin.

Big group discussion at one of the Greenhouse Session

The Greenhouse Sessions—Reflections On The Community Of Practice

10 August 2014

ArtsWok convened The Greenhouse Sessions in response to practitioners wanting to investigate how art-making and community building could come together in a meaningful way. This paper summarises the highlights from the year-long dialogue (15 April 2013 – 24 Feb 2014).

Signboard with text reading Evaluation is like sex good if you know how to do it

Spectres Of Evaluation

7 February 2014

This report summarises learnings and reflections from attending an international conference Spectres of Evaluation, which examined creative and critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice.

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The Dance Of Collaboration — Leadership Lessons For Implementing Arts Practices In Healthcare Settings To Enhance Patient Care

18 August 2013

This research paper focuses on a creative movement programme, Everyday Waltzes as a case study to draw out valuable lessons on integrating arts practices in healthcare settings in a meaningful way.

Mindmap of notes taken during the event Rust Belt To Artist Belt

Rust Belt To Artist Belt

14 April 2012

This Arts & Social Change report summarises key takeaways from attending The Rustbelt to Artist Belt: At the Crossroads Convening held in St. Louis, USA in 2012 that aimed to open up a discussion on the artist’s role in effecting positive social change.