There was a time when I dismissed traditional art as a medium for socially engaged practice. As a young community artist, I thought only contemporary forms could explore current issues. Like all prejudices, this was rooted in ignorance: I knew almost nothing… Read More

Portraits from The Pinning Stones by Ray Smith On Thursday, the residents of Scotland decide whether to leave the United Kingdom and establish their own state. Whatever your view of the possible outcomes, we should be thankful that negotiations are not being conducted with arms… Read More

‘I don’t care if you call my work journalism or art or whatever; whatever you want to call it is fine with me.’ Jonas Bendiksen Open for Business Over the past few months, I have been interviewing documentary photographers for a project… Read More

Originally posted on Regular Marvels:
One reason for creating Regular Marvels is to look for better ways of writing about people’s experience of art and culture. That experience is important and endlessly interesting to me, but any understanding of it, indeed the experience…

How can you describe a cultural programme that has extended over 14 years, 9 countries and 3,000 projects? How do you account for its outcomes, the change it may have contributed to, and the effects on culture or society? That was the… Read More

Next week, I will be in Sarajevo for a conference to mark the end of the Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans, (SCP) after almost 15 years. Set up by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and managed by Pro… Read More

A conversation with Peter Wright at the Creative Communities 3 conference made me realize that it might be useful to explain why I no longer use the word ‘impact’ in relation to people’s experience of the arts. Peter, who teaches at Murdoch… Read More

The modern system of art is not an essence or a fate but something we have made. Larry Shiner, 2001 Members of West Bromwich Operatic Society can be sensitive about being called amateurs, not because it is inaccurate, but because of the… Read More

Stories and Fables: Culture in Orkney

Download the report Stories and Fables – Culture in Orkney 2012 Orkney is an archipelago set in the wild seas of the north of Scotland. It has some of the oldest traces of human habitation in Europe. Today, it’s home to about 20,000 people… Read More