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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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Making connections, solving problems

Date: March 2017 | Posted by: mary

A call to action

The initial ArtWorks Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative finished with A Call to Action to work collectively to strengthen practice in participatory settings.

This month ArtWorks Alliance Consultant Director Kathryn Deane has been out and about doing just that...

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What's in it for me?

Date: February 2017 | Posted by: mary

ArtWorks Alliance members have mantras: 'We only do what only we can do.' 'It’s not what we take, it’s what we bring.' True – but worthy: be honest, you want to know WIIFM?

Kathryn Deane, Consultant Director, shares what members are saying about the real rewards...

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Quality: getting better at what you do

Date: January 2017 | Posted by: mary

ArtWorks Alliance is committed to improving the quality of participatory arts. How are members going about doing that? From Kathryn Deane...

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What’s the point? Kathryn Deane is exploring culture value

Date: November 2016 | Posted by: chris

Why do we do participatory arts? Let’s not try an answer here: it’s all in the fascinating report of the three-year Arts & Humanities Research Council Cultural Value Project.

What the report highlights is that wishing for benefits from participatory arts isn’t enough: the evidence is often unconvincing and approaches are not sufficiently rigorous. On the other hand, we’re overlooking some areas where real benefits are to be found. Part of the problem lies in our tendency to confuse evidence with short-term advocacy.

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ArtWorks Cymru conference, 29-30 November 2016

Date: November 2016 | Posted by: chris

Cymryd yr Awennau / Doing it for Ourselves

This year, ArtWorks Alliance member ArtWorks Cymru's conference is of interest to practitioners and managers wherever they live and work in the UK.

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Older people's dance activities - first UK survey published

Date: November 2016 | Posted by: chris

A new research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by ArtWorks Alliance member People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016.

This new research report provides a snapshot of current practice in older people’s dance.

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Quality frameworks launched

Date: October 2016 | Posted by: admin

Frameworks for the quality of participatory arts have recently been launched by ArtWorks Alliance members ArtWorks Cymru and Creative Scotland.

Quality frameworks are developing in different ways to serve different purposes. That is the main finding from an ArtWorks Alliance action group which is exploring the development and use of generalist frameworks across the participatory arts sector.

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New leader for participatory arts

Date: September 2016 | Posted by: admin

ArtWorks Alliance has announced that Kathryn Deane is to be its new Consultant Director.

The head of the development agency for community music is to become the leader of ArtWorks Alliance for the period up to July 2017.

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