Aylwyn M. Walsh (University of Leeds)

Aylwyn is Associate Professor of Performance and Social Change at the University of Leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, where she leads the MA in Applied Theatre and Intervention. She directs Converge with participants referred by mental health services in Leeds. Her book Prison Cultures, maps performance, resistance and  desire in women’s prisons (Intellect, 2019).

 Some of her publications have been about protest in Qualitative InquiryCultural Studies  Critical MethodologiesJournal of Arts and Communities. She has also published about arts and health Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance as well as feminist criminology, prison and performance in LiminalitiesCrime, Media, Culture; Contemporary Theatre Review; Prison Service Journal. She co-edited Remapping ‘Crisis’: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books, 2014).

She is co-investigator in two participatory research projects related to engaging people around mobilisation, land and advocacy. Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba is a CTS phase 2 project (Eastern Cape, South Africa) and Performing Change: Activating change on environmental governance through performance-based methods (Mexico).

She has a PhD from Northampton, an MA from Goldsmiths College University of London, and BA(Hons) from Rhodes University. She has performed in the Berlin Biennale, The National Arts festival in South Africa as well as Istanbul’s ‘A Corner of the World’ festival. She has directed work at Contact Theatre (Manchester), the National Theatre (London), Love Arts Festival (Leeds). She is artistic director of Ministry of Untold Stories.

Aylwyn is Principal Investigator on the Phase 2 Large Grant South Africa project ‘Imagining Otherwise: transforming spaces of community through arts education.’


Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items written by Dr Aylwyn Walsh are listed below:

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Voicing ambiguities in the Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba co-creator collectiveThis article authored by Aylwyn Walsh and Scott Burnett considers youth co-production in the context of the Changing the Story phase 1 project Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba. The participatory project conceives …Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Scott Burnett, Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba, , , phase1 phase2 south-africa locationarticle language-english
Permanent crisis of visibility: Young working-class CapetoniansEngage Journal 45: Class and Inequality explores issues of class, socio-economic disadvantage and inequality in relation to gallery education and engagement programmes and the related sector. Read Permanent crisis of …Ashley Visagie, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Helene Rousseau, , , , phase2 south-africa locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-4-education
Time-bound Projects and InclusionPrincipal Investigator Aylwyn Walsh discusses the challenge of addressing issues around safeguarding and inclusion in time-bound projects. · Can we influence adverse conditions in the home or community for our …Dr Aylwyn Walsh, safeguardingfilm language-english
Post-Conflict Participatory Arts Socially Engaged DevelopmentThis book investigates the power of art to enhance human development and to initiate positive social change for individuals and societies recovering from conflict. Edited by Changing the Story partners …Diego Alfonso, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Claudia Pineda Marín, Dr Laura K. Taylor, Dr Scott Burnett, Dr Tendayi Marovah, Edwin Cubillos, Joshua Chikozho, Nub Raj Bhandari, Willard Muntanga, , , , , , , , , , , colombia kenya lebanon nepal uganda zimbabwe locationarticle language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
The messiness of building community: Co-creation across lines of social differenceBlog (2020/01/08) The messiness of building community: Co-creation across lines of social differenceDr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Scott Burnett, , , phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Getting a picture of the Cape Flats and the ImaginingOtherwise Youth Arts FestivalBlog (2020/04/08) Getting a picture of the Cape Flats and the ImaginingOtherwise Youth Arts FestivalAlexandra Sutherland, Ashley Visagie, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, , , , , event phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-reflections
Arts Activism ToolkitThe final #ImaginingOtherwise project is an Arts Activism toolkit. This toolkit intentionally brings together case studies of innovative arts activism practice from the global South, activities to develop one’s own …Alexandra Sutherland, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Prof Paul Routledge, , , , , phase2 south-africa locationtoolkit language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Change from the BottomUp: How participation & creative methods are needed to challenge school context in South AfricaBlog (2020/04/20) Change from the BottomUp: How participation & creative methods are needed to challenge school context in South AfricaAshley Visagie, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, , , , phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections