In search of cultural democracy

Author: Owen Kelly
Publication Date: August 2018
Category: Research
Short Summary:

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
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