Owning your language

This week has been spent at arts conferences and training days in different parts of the country. Each was rich in ideas and shared experience. In Devon, North Yorkshire, London and Cardiff, I met many gifted, passionate and inspiring people. I came away with renewed confidence in the arts, despite the pressures they face with … Continue reading Owning your language

A Masterclass in Participatory Art

I was thinking about you guys yesterday. I've been here three times before and I think I understand a little bit about how you feel about some things. It's none of my business how you feel about some other things – and I don't give a damn about how you feel about some other things. … Continue reading A Masterclass in Participatory Art

I believe in doubt

Saying what’s on your mind The simple, but consistent idea behind this blog (and all my work) is that everyone has the same right to say what they think, feel, believe. That right enables a democratic society to function. The struggle to make it a reality – to ensure that every member of a society … Continue reading I believe in doubt

Power, promises and participatory arts

Circuit is a four year programme, led by Tate and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, that aims to connect young people with galleries and museums. Roz Hall is the programme’s critical friend and she has written an interesting post on ‘Peer Led approaches and ensuring parity’, which raises some important questions about knowledge and power in … Continue reading Power, promises and participatory arts