How to join in…

Want to connect with others across the UK, art forms and settings to work collectively and collaboratively in making a greater impact in participatory arts?

Join in with our ever growing number of individual and organisational members.

Members sign up to the network’s mission, values and working practices, and contribute the time, energy, ideas and expertise they can in the context of mutual respect plus an annual contribution to core network running costs on a ‘pay as you can’ sliding scale basis (see below).

Our mission: better participatory arts

encompassing all art forms, ways of working, settings and purposes

Our values: collaborative and collective

tackling issues best solved by working equitably together as diverse individuals and organisations, enriching impact through joint advocacy and action

Our working practice: networked

sharing information, learning from each other’s experiences and creating new ideas, projects and partnerships that otherwise wouldn’t happen

As a member – whether you’re an individual, organisation or network – you’ll benefit from:

  • sharing and inviting information and support through a dedicated members’ mailing list
  • taking part in regular Zoom Forums and two Gatherings a year for deeper knowledge and practice exchange
  • developing and using network activities and assets generated through member-led AWA Action Groups
  • profiling your work and that of the network through use of the AWA member logo
  • being listed on the website (should you wish)
  • contributing content to the monthly newsletter and website

Annual membership (January to December) is on a ‘pay as you can’ basis on the following sliding scales:

Organisations: £75 to £300

Individuals: £10 to £25

Connecting with other like-minded people who you would not otherwise encounter in your daily work and being instantly networked to a rich vein of knowledge: that’s the Alliance “magic moment”.’

And if you just want to be kept up to up to date with what’s happening in participatory arts, Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter.

Contact Mary Schwarz, Secretariat on  or 07717 097429 for more information or complete the online Joining in form. 

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