When I argued – as I still do – that people benefit from participating in art, it is because of its potential for learning, emancipation and empowerment. Experience changes us. Powerful experiences, such as those that come from creating art with other people, can change us deeply. But that change is something we do for ourselves: it is not done to us
‘If art isn’t about people and humanity, then what is it about?’ Hazel Tilley BBC Newsnight The annual Turner Prize,
Is participatory art essentially about artists creating work from the raw material of other people’s life experience? That seems to
‘In the Netherlands, community art is predominantly result-oriented, whereas, until recently, in English-speaking countries the focus was on participation and
The crisis in Greece has slipped from the front pages as others, even more urgent, force themselves on Europe’s consciousness.
In the past 15 or 20 years, the contemporary art world has become increasingly interested in participation. Artists with established
The remarkable comes in all shapes and sizes. Last week it was an inspired performance of Mozart by prison inmates.
‘The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.’ L.P. Hartley, The Go Between (1953) Part of what
The old carpentry workshop looks like something from Piranesi’s Carceri, which seems appropriate since it’s in the Youth Prison of
Integrate life and work and friendship. Don’t tie yourself to institutions. Live cheaply and you’ll remain free. And then, do
Two or three years ago, I began to hear about some of the participatory arts projects happening in Portugal and