Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement

Author: edited by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty
Publication Date: October 2018
Category: Case Studies, Research
Short Summary:

The story of the UK community arts movement.


Based on the words and experiences of the people involved, this book tells the story of the community arts movement in the UK, and, through a series of essays, assesses its influence on present day participatory arts practices. Part I offers the first comprehensive account of the movement, its history, rationale and modes of working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; Part II brings the work up to the present, through a scholarly assessment of its influence on contemporary practice that considers the role of technologies and networks, training, funding, commissioning and curating socially engaged art today.

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Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement

A paperback version will be published on 27 December 2018 and you can pre-order a copy here.

A book review Dandelions and Dissent is available on our News & Views section, where you’ll also find a blog from the book launch and associated Cultural Democracy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow symposium.

Tags: artists, collaboration, community arts, history, Practice, quality