Call for Participation | Graphic Storytelling for Social Change

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    Graphic Storytelling for Social Change: An Artist Meets Researcher Workshop

Friday 14th December 2018
13:00 – 16:00

Bridge 5 Mill
22A Beswick St
Manchester, UK
M4 7HR

Can a comic tell a story better than a report? Can an infographic influence a policy change? Researchers in academia and across the third sector are exploring graphic methods for communicating about social change, from making comics to sharing results in the form of infographics across social media.

This research-based, graphic storytelling emphasises creativity, participation and the representation of alternative perspectives. From Meg-John Barker’s and Julia Scheele’s Queer: A Graphic History to Patrick McCurdy and Ad Astra’s The Beast on the tar sands oil conflicts in Canada, researchers are working with artists to embrace visual forms to tell complex and often controversial stories.

To be successful, such work is necessarily collaborative, often involving sustained co-operation between academic researchers and graphic artists, challenging the institutionally insular and discipline bound practices still common within our workplaces. The potential for these stories to make change hinges on researchers and artists building connections, as well as establishing reliable and ethical ways of working together.

This half day workshop brings together researchers and graphic artists interested in visual storytelling for social change. The aim of the event is both to inspire participants toward new graphic projects, as well as to develop and disseminate good practice for collaboration between artists and researchers.

This event is free to attend. If you would like to participate as either (or both!) an artist or researcher, please email: with a couple of sentences explaining your interest in the event by no later than 12 Dec 2018.

An afternoon tea will be served of light food and refreshments

This event is sponsored by the MeCCSA Social Movement Network and Bournemouth University’s Civic Media Hub