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Date: January 2019 | Posted by: Mary
John Whall from Derby QUAD is the ArtWorks Alliance digital participation champion. Here he explores issues around mental capacity and creative work by participants in an edited version of a blog from DigitalpARTicipationis…No-one wants to participate in participation designed by somebody else following a Soap Box presentation at the 2018 Engage international conference A Social Prescription.
Date: December 2018 | Posted by: Mary
Date: November 2018 | Posted by: Mary
Date: October 2018 | Posted by: Mary
Our ‘blog swap’ arrangement with the US Bartol Foundation starts with their interview with the artist Mindy A. Early about trauma informed practice.
Date: September 2018 | Posted by: Mary
Rhian Hutchings, Partnership Manager at ArtWorks Cymru, shares key provocations and practices from the Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC4) held recently in New York City.
Date: July 2018 | Posted by: Mary
Catherine Rogers from ArtWorks Alliance partner Creative Leicestershire, and a member of the Alliance’s leadership group, reflects on two hot days for weather and ideas.
Date: June 2018 | Posted by: Mary
Prompted by re-reading Padgett Powell’s ‘The Interrogative Mood’ and attending a recent European Academy of Participation course, Adrian Sinclair, Chapel FM Centre Director for Heads Together Productions, takes a questioning approach to what he’s doing in participatory arts...
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.
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.
Date: March 2018 | Posted by: Mary
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.
Date: January 2018 | Posted by: Mary
Extend cultural leadership programme evaluator Mary Schwarz shares some reflections on why people working in education and learning roles make such great leaders…and how leadership can be practised in all sorts of ways and by all sorts of people – not just ‘the boss’.
Date: December 2017 | Posted by: Mary
Following her work as Paul Hamlyn Foundation ArtWorks initiative Project Director and Advisor (2010-17), Susanne Burns was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to visit the USA and Australia, exploring solutions to support artists working in participatory settings. She reflects on her enquiry, learning through different lenses and where synthesis leads...
Date: November 2017 | Posted by: Mary
Newsletter subscriber Stephen Pritchard reviews Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement edited by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty.
Date: October 2017 | Posted by: Mary
In her last blog as Alliance Consultant Director, Kathryn Deane tackles market issues...
Date: September 2017 | Posted by: Mary
Participatory arts: what’s it for? Prompted by the recent death of community play pioneer Ann Jellicoe, Kathryn Deane revisits practice purposes...
Date: August 2017 | Posted by: Mary
We’ve spent a lot of time over the past decade in ArtWorks and ArtWorks Alliance on the quality of our participatory arts. It’s time we looked at how much of it we do, says Kathryn Deane.
Date: July 2017 | Posted by: Mary
Alliance Communications Manager Mary Schwarz explores what the participatory arts sector can learn from a book about individual altruism...
Date: June 2017 | Posted by: Mary
Kathryn Deane, ArtWorks Alliance Consultant Director, is not a techno-Luddite but does want to reclaim what’s participatory when we talk digital...
Date: May 2017 | Posted by: Mary
What does ArtWorks Alliance as a strategic UK-wide network actually do?
Kathryn Deane shares her take on what strategic means… and the strategic means by which we support more and better participatory arts.
Date: April 2017 | Posted by: Mary
Why is participatory arts better than the aerospace industry? Because it’s worth more – however you measure it.
Kathryn Deane reflects on how the power of participatory arts to make change is describable in so many ways...
Date: March 2017 | Posted by: Mary
The initial ArtWorks Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative finished with A Call to Action to work collectively to strengthen practice in participatory settings.
This month ArtWorks Alliance Consultant Director Kathryn Deane has been out and about doing just that...
Date: February 2017 | Posted by: Mary
ArtWorks Alliance members have mantras: 'We only do what only we can do.' 'It’s not what we take, it’s what we bring.' True – but worthy: be honest, you want to know WIIFM?
Kathryn Deane, Consultant Director, shares what members are saying about the real rewards...
Date: January 2017 | Posted by: Mary
ArtWorks Alliance is committed to improving the quality of participatory arts. How are members going about doing that? From Kathryn Deane...
Date: November 2016 | Posted by: chris
Why do we do participatory arts? Let’s not try an answer here: it’s all in the fascinating report of the three-year Arts & Humanities Research Council Cultural Value Project.
What the report highlights is that wishing for benefits from participatory arts isn’t enough: the evidence is often unconvincing and approaches are not sufficiently rigorous. On the other hand, we’re overlooking some areas where real benefits are to be found. Part of the problem lies in our tendency to confuse evidence with short-term advocacy.
Date: November 2016 | Posted by: chris
A new research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by ArtWorks Alliance member People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016.
This new research report provides a snapshot of current practice in older people’s dance.
Date: October 2016 | Posted by: admin
Frameworks for the quality of participatory arts have recently been launched by ArtWorks Alliance members ArtWorks Cymru and Creative Scotland.
Quality frameworks are developing in different ways to serve different purposes. That is the main finding from an ArtWorks Alliance action group which is exploring the development and use of generalist frameworks across the participatory arts sector.
Date: September 2016 | Posted by: admin
ArtWorks Alliance has announced that Kathryn Deane is to be its new Consultant Director.
The head of the development agency for community music is to become the leader of ArtWorks Alliance for the period up to July 2017.