The APRG is an initiative of People United in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, at the School of Psychology at the University of Kent.

The APRG is a pioneering multi-disciplinary research group that meets monthly to discuss and disseminate ideas exploring the impact of the arts on prosocial attitudes and behaviours (behaviours that benefit others or increase the welfare of others). Hosted by researchers in the School of Psychology and led by Professor Dominic Abrams from the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, the group draws on expertise from across the academic and voluntary sectors.

The group aims to provide a platform to explore the role of the arts in influencing attitudes and actions, to foster collaborations, and to discuss how evidencing the impact of the arts on prosocial behaviour can be used to influence policy and practice across disciplines.

The APRG is open to everyone interested in the area of arts and prosocial behaviour. Currently, key participants include:

  • Psychology students and academics from Kent and other universities
  • Students and academics from other disciplines at the University of Kent and other universities (for example across the arts and humanities)
  • Artists
  • Arts organisations
  • Voluntary/third sector organisations

If you are interested in attending an APRG meeting, contributing to discussion, and/or discussing your work/interest in the arts and/or prosociality please email us at [email protected].

Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of every month from 12.00-14.00 in the Woodlands Meeting Room at the University of Kent, Canterbury. During the first hour, keynote presentations are given by invited speakers, followed by a less formal Q&A session. The second hour is reserved for wider discussion of relevant APRG topics and we welcome input from all members.