Insight and Exchange: An evaluation of the Wellcome Trust’s Sciart programme

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Bamford A, Glinkowski P

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Wellcome Trust

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Sciart was originally launched to fund “visual arts projects which involved an artist and a scientist in collaboration to research, develop and produce work which explored contemporary biological and medical science”. Over the course of a decade its remit shifted and expanded to embrace a wider spectrum of arts and science activity. The evaluation process included desk and archival research, primary data collected through 46 in-depth interviews and survey techniques, project and audience case studies, an audience exit survey and focus groups. A summary of the key findings is organised around a series of types of ‘capital’ for which evidence was found through an analysis of the scheme’s ten years of grant giving. In summary, Sciart had generated a strong brand name and had enabled innovative, creative practice to flourish, often with high-quality outcomes. While some respondents pointed to areas where improvements could be made, the overall findings suggest that Sciart was an influential grants scheme that had achieved high-level impacts.

Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Process Evaluation

Context: Community

Art Forms: Visual Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Glinkowski, P. and Bamford, A. (2009) Insight and Exchange: An evaluation of the Wellcome Trust’s Sciart programme. Wellcome Trust