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Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology: Since its creation in 1987, the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology has been widely recognised as the world’s leading centre for Visual Anthropology, supporting a practice based, public-facing approach to research.

As its current director, Dr. Rupert Cox has led research that deploys multi-modal practices of collaborative sound recording and image capture to investigate the relationship between environmental sounds, traumatic memories of violence and senses of place among war survivors of the battle of the Pacific in Okinawa, Japan.



In Place of War: This is a global organisation, led by CEO Ruth Daniel that uses creativity in places of conflict as a tool for positive change.

It enables grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform a culture of violence and suffering into hope, opportunity and freedom. In Medellin it has supported community arts projects involved with an extensive network of Hip Hop musicians, in peace building efforts for the past eleven years.



The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Alongside the other GCRF delivery partners we are creating complementary programmes that:

• Promote challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, including the participation of researchers who may not previously have considered the applicability of their work to development issues

• Strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries through partnership with excellent UK research and researchers

• Provide an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The GCRF delivery partners are: UK Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Higher Education Division Northern Ireland, Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and UK Space Agency.

The Fund is advised by a Strategic Advisory Group and a UKRI International Development Peer Review College forms part of the GCRF global engagement strategy for Official Development Assistance (ODA) research.



Kone Foundation is an independent and non-profit organisatio, based in Finland, that awards grants to promote academic research, culture and art. In 2020, Kone Foundation awarded grants, prizes and donations totalling EUR 40 million.

During 2021 Kone Foundation supported the work of Alejandro Valencia-Tobon (coordinator of Cucusonic) through the artist residency at the Saari Residence.



Cucusonic works in partnership with The University of Manchester, the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology and In Place Of War, thanks to the support of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Additional support comes from Finnish institution Kone Foundation (Saari Residence).