Welcome to the Purple Research Group page!

We are Charlie, Ella, Leanne, Liam, Janine, Jo, John, Sam and Tracey and we are a team of researchers who all go to and/or support someone who attends the Purple Patch Lifelong Learning Programmes. We have been working with a researcher from the University of Leeds, called Melissa – together we are the Purple Research Group.

We have been learning all about research and working together to find out what people think about Purple Patch Arts. We have also been thinking about exciting ways we can share our experiences at Purple Patch Arts with other people.


Our research themes are : “People”, “Arts and Variety” and “Accessibility and Support”. We used these themes to help us to understand our experiences at Purple Patch Arts.


How we did our research

We met every two weeks over Zoom to do our research from August 2020 – September 2021. For each theme, we read about research other people had done and chose our research questions. We collected our evidence using creative, inclusive  and interactive research methods: we created posters and artistic responses, designed questionnaires, took photographs, wrote poems, kept a research diary and did interviews.


Finally, we analyzed our data to see what we had found out. Melissa is writing up our research findings as part of her PhD. If you would like to read more about how we worked together to do our research, you can read our blog here


What’s next?

We are excited to announce that we are turning our research into a comic book! We can’t wait to share it with you in 2023.


If you have any questions about the research you can contact Fran by emailing or contact Melissa by emailing

The Purple Research Group illustrated by Molly Pukes.

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