In search of cultural democracy
Author: Owen Kelly
Publication Date: August 2018
Response to 'Arts for All'.
Originally published in the October 1985 edition of Arts Express, Owen Kelly wrote this in response to Roy Shaw's essay on 'Arts for All'. Shaw, a former General Secretary of the then Arts Council of Great Britain, argued for the 'democratisation of culture'. Kelly argues that debate lies with an alternative idea, and this article became a rallying call for many community artists of the time.
With thanks to the Jubilee Arts archive.
Tags: artists, community, community arts, cultural democracy, democratisation of culture, participation