Aylwyn M. Walsh (University of Leeds)

Aylwyn is programme leader of the MA in Applied Theatre & Intervention at University of Leeds’ School of Performance and Cultural Industries, and artistic director of Ministry of Untold Stories. She convenes community education project Converge with mental health service users in Leeds as well as the Sadler seminar Series Activist Tactics with Paul Routledge. Her book Prison Cultures, maps performance, resistance and desire in women’s prisons (Intellect, 2019). Some of her publications have been on arts and migration in Performances of Crisis, Capitalism and Resistance and Theory in Action; about protest in Qualitative Inquiry; Cultural Studies ßà Critical Methodologies; Journal of Arts and Communities; arts behind bars in Crime, Media, Culture; as well as on performativity and painful pasts for Liminalities. She co-edited Remapping ‘Crisis’: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books, 2014). Her artistic work has been staged in London’s National Theatre, at the Berlin Biennale and at the National Arts Festival in South Africa.

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).

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