About us

We are a group of organisations and individuals with a passion for participatory arts and an understanding that working together to strengthen support for those working in the field will bring benefits for everyone involved. 

Coming together as ArtWorks Alliance enables us to do more - more swiftly - to develop participatory arts than we can each achieve on our own. We can support better both the organisations delivering participatory arts and the artists working in the field, leading to higher quality experiences for participants.

Our work is ambitious and far-sighted. You can find out who we are here. And you can join us here too.

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ArtWorks Alliance is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, with additional project funding from Creative Scotland. 


ArtWorks was originally developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


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ArtWorks Alliance and its partners have created a huge library of research materials, reports and other resources. These all feature in our Knowledge Bank which is fully searchable and being added to all the time - and its free to everyone to use.

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Doing participatory arts better

Date: July 2017 | Posted by: mary

Alliance Communications Manager Mary Schwarz explores what the participatory arts sector can learn from a book about individual altruism...

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Meaningfully digital, properly participatory

Date: June 2017 | Posted by: mary


Kathryn Deane, ArtWorks Alliance Consultant Director, is not a techno-Luddite but does want to reclaim what’s participatory when we talk digital...

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Strategic means...

Date: May 2017 | Posted by: mary

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What does ArtWorks Alliance as a strategic UK-wide network actually do?

Kathryn Deane shares her take on what strategic means… and the strategic means by which we support more and better participatory arts. 

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Because we're worth more

Date: April 2017 | Posted by: mary

Why is participatory arts better than the aerospace industry? Because it’s worth more – however you measure it.

Kathryn Deane reflects on how the power of participatory arts to make change is describable in so many ways...

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