Issue 349: Participatory Arts: challenging the mainstream

  • Participatory Arts: challenging the mainstream

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    10 Nov 2021

    When and why did the art world decide that everyone’s creativity should be celebrated and supported? What change does it promise, and what will it deliver? François Matarasso has been reflecting.

    “The vision of this Strategy, therefore, is of a country in which the creativity of everyone living here is celebrated and supported.” Arts Council England, Let’s Create, Strategy 2020-2030 

    Does this vision seem extraordinary to you? If not, that is a measure of how much the art world has changed in the past half century. To a community artist of my generation, who remembers the contempt our work and ideas once met in Britain’s arts institutions, it is not just extraordinary to read... more

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