‘A Restless Art’ could be called ‘everything you ever wanted to know about participatory art, but were too afraid to ask’. The book combines a nuanced, careful study of participatory art with a detectable passion, born of Matarasso’s lifelong experience of the form. This is not dry dissection: the writing is lived, in the field, partisan.Lucy Neal, Arts Professional, February 2019
Community art has been the thread of my life since 1981. I work freelance, finding my path through arts practice, writing, research and teaching, This site presents some of that work, with free downloads of many books and reports. From 2016-19, my main work was A Restless Art, a book about the history, theory and practice of participatory art, that was published in January 2019.
My current work includes:
- The Lawnmowers theatre company on A Dead Good Life, a film about growing older as a person with learning difficulties;
- ECCOM and PAV on Fabulamundi, a project to support playwrights and exchanges between European theatres;
- National Theatre Wales supporting the evaluation of their community-based TEAM projects in Pembrokeshire and Wrexham;
- Graeae on the evaluation of This Is Not For You, an outdoor production created with 25 disabled veterans as part of 14-18 Now;
- Emergency Exit Arts to advise on the evaluation of Paper Peace;
- And with Multistory, Creative Black Country, Brighton People’s Theatre and others on new projects.
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 books, reports and essays I’ve written about it over the years. I
If you’d like to know more, or you’d like to talk about some work, please get in touch with me. I’m always happy to talk about new ideas.