Francois Matarasso
Project Lab, Timisoara, Dec. 2017

This site presents my work as a freelance  community artistwriterconsultant,  researcher, and facilitator. That’s  a lot of roles but it’s always about people’s right to make art on their own terms. It’s work I’ve been doing for nearly 40 years, and if you want to know more about the journey, there’s plenty about it on this site. Since 2015, my main work has been researching and writing a book about participatory art. A Restless Art will be published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in January 2019.

Alongside that I’m also working with:

Over the years, I’ve worked with thousands of inspiring people in the UK, throughout in Europe and further afield—Colombia, Japan, Burkina Faso, Tadjikistan…  We’ve learnt from each other, and created projects that have made a real difference in people’s lives. On the menu above, you can read more about that work, and download some of the books, research and essays I’ve written about it over the years. It’s not all there yet, but I’m adding to it when I get time. If you’d like to know more, or if there’s some work I might be able to help with, please do get in touch with me. I’m always happy to talk about new ideas.

Cabbage field opera group photo
At the Community Arts Training School, Kaunas, Lithuania, June 2018