Emily Barraclough

I am interested in access and participation in the arts, particularly visual and creative projects. My research often highlights inequalities within various sections of the creative industries and explores how the sector could improve its access for all. My personal art practice also explores the involvement of people in pieces through the use of ephemeral materials and public space. My research and art practice influence each other, and my work overall aims to develop inclusive and fun spaces for all to be creative. 

This short essay was developed in response to the growing divide in Britain during Brexit tensions and reflects my thinking at the time. Art and media often perpetuates the idyll of Britain’s rural areas, whilst behind the curtain lies broken towns with histories of struggle; or curator Amanda Crawley Jackson’s idea of ‘post-traumatic landscapes’. The eerie mystery of our countryside is recognisable for its emptiness, and sparks intrigue on what history our ‘non-places’ hold.