what we do and how we do it



"Their approach makes them an asset to our work, embedding reflexion into all aspects of projects and brokering open discussion amongst stakeholders at all levels. They bring a wealth of expertise and experience, giving new insights into our work, as well as having a down-to-earth approach that make them a pleasure to work with".

Heather Kay
School and Community Projects Manager
South London Gallery

Art of Regeneration (AOR) is a social enterprise concerned with arts, culture, urban regeneration, social justice, community development and the dynamics of participation. We are practitioners and academics with strong track records in social and community research, evaluation, project management, development and delivery. This spans the local to the global and from grass roots to strategic policy levels.

A creative team, we use innovative and participatory approaches to articulate and enhance our work and that of our partners. We believe research, reflective practice and learning have an active role to play in any project and work collaboratively with our clients. We will work with you to clarify needs and design bespoke research and development strategies that respond to your policy and funding landscape. One of our key strengths is blending academic rigour with practical know-how. We are adept at addressing a range of audiences to maximise the impact and reach of your work. 

We provide a range of services and our expertise includes:

"A positive difference has been made to the relationship between local people, the police and other agencies. Dialogue is now solution rather than problem focussed"

Inspector A. Payne
Kent Police (now retired)

  • Programme and project evaluation, and research
  • Participatory research and participatory planning
  • Local mapping, neighbourhood profiles and demographic research
  • Policy and contextual research
  • Visual research methods, including film, video and photography
  • New media and emergent technologies as research tools
  • Focus group work, interview-based research and ethnography
  • Quantitative research, including survey work
  • Bespoke training in: evaluation methods, ethical commissioning and participatory planning 
  • Reaching under-represented and ‘hard to reach’ groups, including NEET young people, older people and residents from disadvantaged neighbourhoods