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Major arts and humanities event debuts at York

Posted on 17 June 2016

The University of York will host ‘Common Ground’, an inaugural arts and humanities showcase and networking event, on 21 June.

Organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Commons, this first ever national event will see hundreds of experts from across the UK gather to exchange and discuss ideas to celebrate the value of the arts and humanities and their impact on the world.

Running from 9.30am to 6pm at the University’s Ron Cooke Hub, ‘Common Ground’ will feature exhibits, presentations, workshops, performances, debates and cinema screenings.

Anyone engaged in, or wanting to engage with, arts and humanities projects, from universities and cultural sectors, to businesses and community groups, can come along to this free day.

Professor Richard Clay, AHRC Commons Fellow, said: “This event promises to be a wonderful celebration of the AHRC Commons community, an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, to establish new networks and projects, to be inspired, and to further develop the case for the importance of arts and humanities research.”

Dr Damian Murphy, University of York Research Champion for Creativity and host of the event, said: “We are delighted to invite the arts and humanities community to the University of York for this first national gathering of the AHRC Commons. Whether you want to be intellectually provoked or to provoke, to offer training or to benefit from it, to celebrate a project, a product, a way of working or to develop a new one, the day has something for everyone.”

The day’s programme runs from 10.00am, with registration open from 9.30am.

More information on how to register for the event, which is free to attend, is available via You’ll be able to follow the discussion and debate on the day via Twitter by using the hashtag #AHRCcommons.

Further information:

  • The AHRC Commons is an Arts Humanities Research Council initiative, which aims to establish new forums where arts and humanities researchers, from different subject areas and disciplines, can gather with collaborators from other sectors. There is no membership fee. Find out more at:
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

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