How to join in…

Want to keep up to up to date with what’s happening in participatory arts? Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter.

Want to connect with others to work collectively and collaboratively in making a greater impact in participatory arts?

Become a member.

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 Zoom bi-monthly Forums and two Gatherings a year for deeper knowledge and practice exchange
  • developing and using network activities and assets developed 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

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

Featured Resources

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports




Toolkits & Guidance


Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing: What’s Working?

How participatory theatre is responding to COVID-19 and adopting different models of socially distanced practice.

Author: Collective Encounters

Considering Co-Creation

Report commissioned by Arts Council England

Author: Heart of Glass and Battersea Arts Centre