Collaboration is central to my research focus and practice. I am particularly interested in socially engaged practice and its relationship to museums and galleries as institutions of mediation. Concerned with the dynamic and changing relationships between art, artists, curators, educators, and communities my research explores the potential social effects of this dialogue. Through focusing on and amplifying the voices of community participants collaborating in socially engaged practice I consider the ethical implications of collaborations between cultural organisations, artists, and communities.
As part of RCMG, my research seeks to generate insights - for collaborating partners and the wider sector - that open up new possibilities for museums and galleries and their role in society. I have experience of collaborating on wide-ranging research projects funded by a range of organisations and bodies including Kettle’s Yard, Wellcome Collection, National Trust, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, NESTA, National Lottery, Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, and the Museums Association.
Plumb, S. (2019) 'The roles and responsibilities of galleries in critiquing contemporary political situations and imagining alternative futures' in Terraform
Plumb, S. (2017) 'Blurring Distinctions: Anthony Luvera's Residency' in Terraform
Plumb, S. (2016) '"We're all travelling the same route, but it's a different journey for everybody" Open House: Art and Engagement in North Cambridge' in Engage Journal 37 Time and Space, Engage
Plumb, S. (2013) 'Partnership Working in a Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery' in AD Magazine, NSEAD
Plumb, S. (2012) 'Neutral Territory: The Gallery, a Site for Artists, Young People and Older People with Dementia to Collaborate' in Engage Journal 30 Arts and Healthcare, Engage
Dodd, J. and Plumb, S. (2018) 'Whose voice do we hear?', in Sandell, R., Lennon, R. and Smith, M. (eds) Prejudice and Pride: LGBTQ heritage and its contemporary implications, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG): pp76-81
Plumb, S. (2021) An ethical framework for collaborating with communities, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) & Kettle’s Yard
Plumb, S. (2018) 'Shared Ownership, Shared Guardianship', plus further contributions to The Conditions for Creative Communities, Open House, Kettle's Yard
Plumb, S. (2021) Open House: The difference made through working together, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) & Kettle’s Yard
MacLeod, S., Thornhill, A., Dodd, J., Sandell, R., Plumb, S., Brouwer, C. and Cuzzola, C. (2020) Isolation and loneliness: Opening up new stories and interpretive experiences at Calke Abbey, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)
Dodd, J., Plumb, S., Bergevin, J. and Sandell, R. (2018) Prejudice and Pride: An analysis of visitor engagement and response, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) and National Trust
Dodd, J., Jones, C., Plumb, S., McGhie, H. and Blazejewski, L. (2018) Unexpected Encounters: How museums nurture living and ageing well, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)
MacLeod, S., Dodd, J. and Plumb, S. (2018) Isolation and loneliness: Opening up new interpretive experiences at Calke Abbey, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)
Plumb, S. (2017) How might the experiences and perspectives of community participants collaborating in socially engaged art practices be heard, considered and equally valued alongside those of the artist and gallery? What ethical implications for the artist and the gallery arise when community participants' experiences are considered in this way?, University of Leicester