Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement

Editat de Alison Jeffers, Gerri Moriarty
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 27 dec 2018
Based on the words and experiences of the people involved, this book tells the story of the community arts movement in the UK, and, through a series of essays, assesses its influence on present day participatory arts practices. Part I offers the first comprehensive account of the movement, its history, rationale and modes of working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; Part II brings the work up to the present, through a scholarly assessment of its influence on contemporary practice that considers the role of technologies and networks, training, funding, commissioning and curating socially engaged art today.The community arts movement was a well-known but little understood and largely undocumented creative revolution that began as part of the counter-cultural scene in the late 1960s. A wide range of art forms were developed, including large processions with floats and giant puppets, shadow puppet shows, murals and public art, events on adventure playgrounds and play schemes, outdoor events and fireshows. By the middle of the 1980s community arts had changed and diversified to the point where its fragmentation meant that it could no longer be seen as a coherent movement. Interviews with the early pioneers provide a unique insight into the arts practices of the time. Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art is not simply a history because the legacy and influence of the community arts movement can be seen in a huge range of diverse locations today. Anyone who has ever encountered a community festival or educational project in a gallery or museum or visited a local arts centre could be said to be part of the on-going story of the community arts.This book is open access and available on . It is funded by the University of Manchester.
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ISBN-13: 9781350094888
ISBN-10: 1350094889
Pagini: 280
Ilustrații: 20 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.4 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Methuen Drama
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


It assembles for the first time a comprehensive account of the British community arts movement, its history, rationale and modes of working

Notă biografică

Alison Jeffers is a Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Contemporary Performance at the University of Manchester, UK. Her publications include the monograph Refugees, Theatre and Crisis: Performing Global Identities (2010). She worked as a community artist for ten years before moving into education.Gerri Moriarty is an independent arts consultant. She was one of the artists who marched on the Arts Council demanding more funding and support for community arts in the 1960s. She has continued to work in community arts as well as being an arts consultant, trainer and writer in the UK, Ireland and beyond.


Notes on ContributorsChapter 1: Introduction, by Alison Jeffers (University of Manchester, UK)Part 1Chapter 2: The British Arts Movement 196801986, by Alison JeffersChapter 3: Community Arts - a forty-year apprenticeship: A view from England, by Gerri Moriarty (artist)Chapter 4: Craigmillar Festival, the Scottish Community Arts Movement of the 1970s and 1980s and its impact: A view from Scotland, by Andrew Crummy (artist)Chapter 5:.The Pioneers and the Welsh Community Arts Movement: A view from Wales, by Nick Clements (artist)Chapter 6: Grown from shattered glass: A view from Northern Ireland, by Gerri MoriartyPart 2Chapter 7: Memories, Dreams, Reflections: Community Arts as Cultural Policy: the 1970s, by Oliver Bennett (University of Warwick, UK)Chapter 8: Training and Education for Artists: The impact of ideas in the 1970s and 1980s on the training of artists today, by Mark Webster and Janet Hetherington (Staffordshire University, UK)Chapter 9: From Community Arts to the Socially Engaged Arts Commission, by Sophie Hope (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)Chapter 10: Cultural Democracy, Developing Technologies and Dividuality, by Owen Kelly (Arcada University, Finland)Chapter 11: Conclusion, by Alison Jeffers and Gerri MoriartyEndnotesBibliographyIndex


Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art is an essential read for artists, arts professionals, academics and anyone else interested in better understanding the legacy of the community arts movements and its subsequent appropriation and instrumentalisation at the hands of the establishment. The book is a satisfying read that not only sheds new light on community arts and its offspring, participatory arts and socially engaged art, but that also offers new insights that are at times deeply personal and at other times more academic and theoretical. It may even encourage some artists and organisations to self-organise in new forms of community arts practices that offer real dissent.
[An] incredibly rich collection of diverse narratives and perspectives on Community Arts over the past 50 plus years . A thoroughly researched academic and practitioners' perspective on this often under-documented field of work.