Thinking about participatory art
Since 2015, I have been researching participatory art, working towards a book to be published in Autumn 2017. This was prompted by seeing how many young artists are now working in this way, especially in countries experiences great stress – in Southern and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. The project has its own website, which continues to grow with resources and documentation on the subject.
There are several case studies of participatory art projects on the website:
Amber Collective Founded in 1968 in Newcastle, Amber have produced an extraordinary body of films and photography for, with and about the working people of NE England. Radical, uncompromising and artist-led, they have been true to their vision and to their community for almost 50 years.
Fun Palaces Just four years old, Fun Palaces has grown into an extraordinary voluntary movement inspired by the idea of people being able to engage with art on their own terms. On the first weekend in October, thousands of people organise temporary fun palaces in their community for whoever wants to take part.