Selective memory, funder documentation and peacebuilding: recovering the art of reconciliation

Alexander Coupe*, Pauline Hadaway, Sarah Jankowitz

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In recent years, a range of research and scholarship has suggested a role for art in building peace and achieving reconciliation in societies emerging from violent conflict. As a great deal of funding is available to facilitate reconciliation and peacebuilding from a range of organisations, this paper considers what is, and what can be, known about the level to which such funds are actually apportioned to arts practice – here termed ‘Art for Reconciliation’ (AfR). It considers attempts to locate available data relating to the case of Northern Ireland, and presents indicative findings which suggest that, to the limit extent that information can be located, the use of artistic interventions in this field remains limited, as does our wider knowledge about such interventions. It ends by considering the wider contextual factors that may serve to limit progress in this area.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCultural Trends
Early online date29 May 2023
Publication statusEarly online date - 29 May 2023


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