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Enchanted Community

Collaborative Community Art Project

This project took place in Coventry and Leamington, May to July, 2017

Please see upcoming blog posts regarding this project on the PhD Life website.
My article in Exchanges is coming soon. This includes the words and images of participants in project events - details will be posted here!
Blog posts and other writings will be be tweeted. Follow me on Twitter: @Alice_Eden4 
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Above: Art samples and notes by Holly Dawes, artist based in Coventry

Project Overview:

Enchanted Community was a collaborative art project which took place in Leamington and Coventry, May – July, 2017.

The project invited participants to come and think about paintings and our local community in new ways. How do you experience wonder, peace and enchantment in your everyday life and community? Do you see sparkle in leaves, raindrops or shadows?

The Enchanted Community project comprised a series of events inspired by the themes of art, enchantment and community and the paintings of Frederick Cayley Robinson. During workshops and outreach sessions in schools, participants contributed towards collaborative artworks. The events brought members of the public, school children and local students in touch with Warwick University through accessible scholarship communicated through fun, hands-on arts and crafts activities. Events were run by Dr. Alice Eden, University of Warwick, and local artist Holly Dawes.

We welcomed participants to come and view the results of the collaborative art project in the Central Library, Coventry in July, 2017. Friends and family were also welcome and could provide feedback comments.

About the Organiser:

Dr. Alice Eden
I am an early career academic who is passionate about art and community, both art education and the process of making collaborative art. In the process of making artworks, anyone may experience tangible and intangible effects related to the spiritual, emotional, self-esteem and empowerment, community-building and efforts towards peace.

My book Spirituality and Feminism in Modern British Art and Culture will be published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, New York, 2019. The book features a detailed chapter on Frederick Cayley Robinson (born 1862- died 1927), the British artist working in the 1900s whose artworks inspired this project. Some of Cayley Robinson's artworks may be seen at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and the Tate Gallery, London.

Find out more about me, my research, activities and publications here.

I ran the project as an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick:

My research interests range from Edwardian artists and visual culture to histories of spirituality, the occult, new social movements, UK and US feminisms in the twentieth century.

You can read my article 'Art, Scholarship, Community: Experiences of Viewing' here. The article discussed an exhibition in Coventry, 2016 which was the result of a collaboration between the University of Warwick and local community partners. The article explores ideas of spirituality, community and art drawn from my research on British Victorian and Edwardian artists.

Events Schedule:

Frederick Cayley Robinson: Modern Enchantments
Friday Focus Talk, Leamington Spa Art Gallery, Dr. Alice Eden, University of Warwick, Friday 12th May, 2017, 1-1.25pm
Enchanted Community: Family Art Cart with Dr. Alice Eden and Holly Dawes
Leamington Spa Art Gallery, Saturday 27th May, 1-3pm

Enchanted Community: Outreach Sessions

Southfields Primary School, Coventry, Monday 12th June, 1-3pm

St. Christopher Primary School, Coventry, Monday 19th June, 1-3pm

Enchanted Community: Wellbeing Session with Craft

Women's Craft Workshop, FWT: A Centre for Women, Coventry, Friday 23rd June, 2017, 10am-12pm

Exhibition of Collaborative Artwork
The Central Library, Coventry, 4th -31st July, 2017

The collaborative artworks were installed in the Central Library, Coventry, where school children were able to visit and see their work.

Project Partners:

The Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

History of Art Department, University of Warwick

Leamington Spa Art Gallery

Libraries, Coventry

St. Christopher Primary School, Coventry

Southfields Primary School, Coventry

FWT: A Centre for Women, Coventry

Ongoing Work - please visit again for more updates!

Article on the project: I am currently writing an article to be submitted to Exchanges, The Warwick Research Journal.

‘Enchanted Community: Reflections on Art, the Humanities and Public Engagement,’ Exchanges, the Warwick Research Journal, Forthcoming: Vol. 5, No. 2, (April, 2018)

When published the article will be open access - anyone will be able to follow the link which I will post up on this page and read the article. The article will include the words of children and other participants in the projects as well as images from the artworks created.

Frederick Cayley Robinson Exhibition: I am co-organising an exhibition on Frederick Cayley Robinson. I will provide further updates in due course.

Future Academic Conference: I will be organising a conference on the themes of spirituality, feminism, 'forgotten artists' and inclusive modernities in 2018. This will include twentieth century forms of 'Pre-Raphaelitism'. Please visit again for further updates.

Future Collaborations welcome! I would welcome any possibilities for future collaborative projects through academic, community, schools or gallery channels.

Please contact Dr Alice Eden at if you would like to learn more about the project or any of the above, if have an idea for a project, conference paper or academic collaboration.

'Enchanted Community' name and project work copyright Dr. Alice Eden, Nov, 2016