Research Study: Call Out for Artist-led Collectives!

Deadline: 15/09/2017  |  Published: 18/08/2017  |  Venue: Google My Maps  |  City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  John Wright

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The Ecology of Cultural Space: mapping artist-led collectives in Leeds project

You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

The purpose of this project is to build a map of artist-led collectives/organisations within the city of Leeds. This research is aimed at answering the following questions: is a physical site important to collectives? What types of artist collectives are operating within the city? What are the hierarchical notions (if any) of space within the city in relation to artist collectives? Statistically, where are artist collectives most likely to be located and what are the defining factors? Finally, the project will take place over a 2 year period, taking a ‘snap shot’ every 6 months in order to measure location changes and dynamics within the city. The information which each collective/organisation will provide will be uploaded to Google My Maps, which is an online, open source, platform which effectively creates customisable maps layered upon Google Maps.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any artist-led collective or organisation within the city of Leeds.
Why have I been chosen?
You have been chosen because you responded to the advert and are involved with or part of an artist collective working within Leeds.
What do I have to do?
To take part will require you to submit some basic information about the collective you are involved in and an image/logo which represents the collective. This can be a one off submission, however the advert will go out every 6 months starting from August 2017 until April 2019. During which time you can update your information by sending through any changes or you can ask to be removed if you are no longer active. If you don’t send any further information through at each interval then your information will remain the same and you don’t have to do anything further. At the end of the study the information will stay on Google My Maps and will be open source, meaning you can continue to edit the map.
Instructions for taking part.
1. Fill out the information form on Curatorspace.
2. I will then email you a consent form before your submission information is made public on Google My Maps.
3. Contact me if you have any more questions.

This is the only set of information which I require from you. The consent forms which can be completed by one member of your collective or by the collective as a whole will be kept in an encrypted file and a hard copy will be stored in a locked cabinet. I ask that you keep a copy of the consent form for your records.
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There is relatively low risk involved in this study as the information being collected is not strictly personal to one individual. Uploading the information to Google My Maps will make it public in an open source format. However, the data will only be made publicly available from the start of the creation of the map and I will send you a link before it goes live so you can check if there are any problems (you will have approx. 2 weeks to respond before each iteration of the map goes live). The analysis of the data and results of the study will be made publicly available through my thesis.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
This project has the potential to help to deliver an increase in exposure and profile because the project could be used as a promotional tool and ‘directory’ of sorts within the Leeds scene. Another benefit is to be involved in a research project in conjunction with the University of Leeds and to be featured through research within a thesis contributing to the sum of human knowledge. The project will also allow for further networking and collaboration within the city between different artist-led groups and collectives.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. You can still withdraw at any-time. You do not have to give a reason for withdrawal.

You are welcome to withdraw at any time during the process. This will involve letting me know by a written letter or email that you want to withdraw and then I will remove and destroy all information (personal and private) that you wish form the project documentation. As soon as this is complete I will no longer contact you.
Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential? What will happen to the results of the res
The nature of this research does not allow for data to be kept confidential as it will be published in an open source format. You will retain the Intellectual property rights to the information which will be uploaded to Google My Maps. Google stress that content uploaded remains the property of the user. The data will be archived on Google My Maps for the duration of the project (August 2017 until April 2019). I will monitor activity on the Map for the duration of the project, however after the project ends the map will remain on Google My Maps as a public information source and I cannot guarantee its accuracy. However, you will be able to edit the map and remove your information if you so wish. Finally, data published through my thesis or on Google My Maps maybe used for future research, it will only be available in the form in which it is published. This confidential information includes: private email addresses, home addresses and contact details. You will also be able to redact any information which you deem may threaten your career.

The consent forms which can be completed by one member of your collective or by the collective as a whole will be kept in an encrypted file and a hard copy will be stored in a locked cabinet. I ask that you keep a copy of the consent form for your records.
Who is organising/ funding the research?
The research is being funded by the University of Leeds through the Frank Parkinson Scholarship.
Contact for further information
For any further questions here is my contact information:

John Wright - Faculty of the Arts, Humanities and Cultures
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies University of Leeds

Supervisor contact:
Professor Abigail Harrison Moore
Tel: 01133435281
Dr Chris Taylor

This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the University of Leeds Research Ethics Committee on 22nd of June 2017, ethics reference PVAR 16-064.

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