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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Bright and shiny, or sustained engagement?

Date: May 2018 | Posted by: Mary

Briar Monro, Arts Practice Director, Community and Youth at Creative New Zealand reflects on participatory arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the UK – and looks ahead to a slow spiral of development that honours the process and shared intentions of the work itself.

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Let’s hear it for cultural democracy…

Date: April 2018 | Posted by: Mary

Adrian Sinclair from ArtWorks Alliance partner Heads Together Productions shares some thoughts from the Cultural Democracy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow symposium held on 5 April 2018.

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If culture is digital, what’s digital participation?

Date: March 2018 | Posted by: Mary

Derby QUAD’s John Whall, our ArtWorks Alliance digital participation activity group champion, takes a look at what the DCMS Culture is Digital and Nesta Digital Culture 2017 reports have to offer (or not…) for participatory arts.

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Prepositions and propositions...

Date: February 2018 | Posted by: Mary

Prepositions may be small words, but they tell big stories…

Alliance secretariat Mary Schwarz reflects on the recent desire expressed by Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, for greater ‘access to what the arts have to offer’ alongside Charles Leadbeater’s call for ‘the art of with’… and wonders whether it’s actually the little boy who said he felt ‘A puppet show in my stomach’ who’s on to something truly radical.

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