This page lists books and other publications about community and participatory art. It includes most of the bibliography from A Restless Art, (but not books that were relevant only in that context). and other texts that either were of tangential relevance to that book, or that I’ve subsequently found, including new publications. It’s loosely organised into fields, to help you find what you might be interested in. Links are provided to downloadable publications, but these sometimes go out of date. There is a lot of informal and online publication about participatory art, partly because mainstream publishers have produced little on the subject, so this list cannot be complete. I have chosen to include only books that it should be easy to find in a library or bookshop (perhaps second-hand). Inclusion of a title here should not be taken as endorsement. As in any field books about participatory art range in quality and value, but everything that’s included has at least something to offer readers. That said, this page should be seen as a work in progress, updated as and when possible.

Democratisation of culture

Aboudrar, B. & Mairesse, F., 2016, La Médiation Culturelle, Paris

Arnaud, L., Guillon, V. & Martin, C., 2015, Élargir la participation à la vie culturelle: Expériences françaises et étrangères, Grenoble

Bonet, L. & Négrier, E., eds., 2018, Breaking the Fourth Wall: Proactive Audiences in the Performing Arts, Elverum

Bunting, C., Chan, T., Goldthorpe, J., Keaney, E., & Oskala, A., 2008, From Indifference to Enthusiasm: Patterns of Arts Attendance in England, London

Borowiecki, K.-J., Forbes, N. & Fresa, A., eds. 2016, Cultural Heritage in a Changing World. New York 

History of community art

ACGB, 1974, Community Arts, The Report of the Community Arts Working Party, June 1974, The Arts Council of Great Britain, London 

Braden, S., 1978, Artists and People, London.

UK Arts policy and history

Anderson, D., ed. 2002, Pride of Place: How the Lottery Contributed £1 Billion to the Arts in England, London 

Appleyard, B., 1984, The Crisis in the Arts, London

Philosophy and theory

Arnold, M., 1993, Culture and Anarchy and other writings, ed. S. Collini Cambridge

Bacqué, M-H, & Biewener, C. 2015, L’empowerment, une pratique émancipatrice ?Paris 

Belfiore, E., & Bennett, O., 2008, The Social Impact of the Arts, An Intellectual History, London

Berger, J. 1972, Ways of Seeing, London

Bishop, C., 2012, Artificial Hells, Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, London

Bourdieu, P., 1984, Distinction, Cambridge

Studies of projects and programmes

Baker, G., 2014, El Sistema, Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth, Oxford 

Bartlett, B.-L. & Higgins, L., eds., 2018, The Oxford Handbook of Community Music, Oxford


Boal, A., 2000, Theater of the Oppressed, (trans. McBride, C. & M-O, & Fryer, E.) London

Carey, J., 2005. What Good are the Arts?London

Carpenter, H. 1996, The Envy of the World, Fifty Years of the Third Programme and Radio Three, London

Castells, M., 2015, Networks of Outrage and Hope, Social Movements in the Internet Age, London

Clark, T., 1997, Art and Propaganda in the Twentieth Century, The Political Image in the Age of Mass Culture, London

Cleveland, B., 2008, Art and Upheaval, Artists on World’s Frontline, Oakland

Clift, S. & Camic, P., 2015, Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing: International perspectives on practice, policy and research, Oxford

Cohen-Cruz, J., 2005 Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States, New Brunswick

Cooke, B. and Kothari, U., eds. 2001. Participation: The New Tyranny? London: Zed Books.

Craig, G., Mayo, M., Popple, K., Shaw, M., and Taylor, M, eds., 2011 The Community Development Reader: History, Themes and Issues, London 

Craig, S. 1980, Dreams and Deconstructions, Alternative theatre in Britain, Ambergate

Crehan, K, 2011, Community Art, An Anthropological Perspective, London.

Crossick, G., & Kaszynska, P., 2016 Understanding the value of arts & culture The AHRC Cultural Value Project, Swindon

De Bruyne, P., Gielen, P., eds. 2011, Community Art, The Politics of Trespassing, Amsterdam

Deller, J., with Norris, R., n. d. (2017), ‘We’re here because we’re here’, London

Deslyper, R., Eloy, E., Guillon, V., & Martin. C., 2016, Pratiquer la musique dans Démos: un projet éducatif global?,Grenoble

Dickson, M., ed. 1995, Art with People, Sunderland

Dubois, V., 1999, La Politique Culturelle, Paris 

Dugast, J., 2011, La vie culturelle en Europe au tournant des XIXe et XXe siècles, Rennes 

Edwards, S., 1999, Art and its Histories: A Reader, London

Finkelpearl, T., 2014, ‘Participatory Art’ in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Kelly, M., ed., Oxford.

Finnegan, R., 1989, The Hidden Musicians, Music-Making in an English Town, Cambridge.

Flesher Fominaya, C., 2014, ‘Debunking Spontaneity: Spain’s 15-M/Indignados as Autonomous Movement’, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, Vol 14, no.2

Fleury, L., 2016, Sociologie de la culture et des pratiques culturelles, Paris 

Forster, E., 1951, Two Cheers for Democracy, London

Fox, J., 2002, Eyes on Stalks, London.

Freeden, M., 2003, Ideology: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford

Freire, P., 1972, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, translated by Myra Bergman Ramos, New York

Freire, P., 1997, Pedagogy of the Heart, translated by Donaldo Macedo and Alexandre Oliveira, London

Friedländer, S. 1997, The Years of Persecution, Nazi Germany and the Jews 1933 – 1939, London

Gardner, H., 2011, Frames of Mind, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, New York

Goldbard, A., 2006, New Creative Community, The Art of Cultural Development, Oakland

Graves, J., 2005, Cultural Democracy, The Arts, Community and the Public Purpose, Chicago

Gray, J., 2003, Al-Qaeda and What it Means to Be Modern, London

Grosser, A., 2011, La joie et la mort, Bilan d’une vie, Paris 

Hagberg, G., 2011, ed., Art and Ethical Criticism Chichester

Harari, Y. 2018, 21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyLondon

Harries, S., 2013, Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life, London

Heaney, S., 1997, The Redress of Poetry,London

Helguera, P., 2011, Education for Socially Engaged Art, A Materials and Techniques Handbook, New York

Helmers,. M. 2003, Intertexts: Reading Pedagogy in College Writing Classrooms, Mahwah

Henri, A., 1974, Total Art, Environments, Happenings, and Performance, New York

Hewison, R., 1987, The Heritage Industry, London 

Hewison, R., 1995, Culture and Consensus, England, Art and Politics since 1940, London

Hewison, R., 2014, Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain, London

Hewison, R. & Holden J., 2006, Experience and Experiment: The UK branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation, 1956-2006, London 

Hickey, S. and Mohan, G., eds. 2004, Participation, from tyranny to transformation?London: Zed Books 

Higgins, L., 2012, Community Music, In Theory and In Practice, Oxford

Hobsbawm, E., 1999, Behind the Times, The Decline and Fall of the Twentieth Century Avant-Gardes, London

Jacob, M., & Zeller, K., eds. 2015, A Lived Practice, Chicago

James, C., 2007, Cultural Amnesia, Notes in the Margin of My Time, London

Jeffers, A., & Moriarty, G., eds. 2017, Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement, London

Jellicoe, A., 1987, Community Plays: How to Put Them On, London

Judt, T., 1998, The Burden of Responsibility, Blum, Camus, Aron and the French Twentieth Century, Chicago 

Judt, J., 2005, Postwar, A History of Europe Since 1945, London

Kelly, O., 1984, Community, Art and the State: Storming the Citadels, London.

Kelly, O., Lock, J., & Merkel, K., 1986, Another Standard 86, Culture and Democracy: The Manifesto, London

Kenna, C., & Medcalf. R., eds. 1986, Printing is Easy…?, Community Printshops, 1970-86, London

Kershaw, B., 1992, The Politics of Performance: Radical Theatre as Cultural Intervention, London

Kershaw, B. & Coult, T, 1990, Engineers of the Imagination, London.

Kołakowski, L. 1999 Freedom, Fame, Lying and Betrayal: Essays on Everyday Life, London

Kwesi Johnson, L., 2006, Selected Poems, London

Kynaston, D., 2009, Family Britain, 1951-1957, London

Le Guin, U., 1989, Dancing at the Edge of the World, Thoughts n Words, Women, Places, New York

Maclear, K., 2017, Birds Art Life Death, A Field Guide to the Small & Insignificant, London 

MacNeice, L., 1966, The Collected Poems of Louis MacNeice, ed. E. R. Dodds, London

Manguel, A., 1997, A History of Reading, London

Manguel, A., 2010, A Reader on Reading, New Haven

Marquand, D., 2015, Mammon’s Kingdom, An Essay on Britain, Now, London

Marmot, M., 2010, Fair Society, Equal Lives, Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010, London 

Matarasso, 1996b, Northern Lights, The Social Impact of the Fèisean (Gaelic Festivals),Stroud

Matarasso, F. & Sarker, B., 1994, Making Space, South Asian Dance and Disability, Leicester

Matarasso, F. 1997, Use or Ornament? The Social Impact of Participation in the Arts, Stroud 

Matarasso, F. 2012a, Where We Dream, West Bromwich Operatic Society and the Fine Art of Musical Theatre, West Bromwich

Matarasso, F. 2012b, Winter Fires, Art and Agency in Old Age, London

Matarasso, F., 1994, Regular Marvels, A handbook for animateurs, practitioners and development workers in dance, mime, music and literature, Leicester

Matarasso, F., 1996a, Defining Values, Evaluating Arts Programmes, Stroud

Matarasso, F., 2005, Living Heritage, Community Development through Culture Resources, Brussels

Matarasso, F., 2013a, ‘All in this together’: The depoliticization of community art in Britain, 1970-2011’ in van Erven, E. ed., Community, Art, Power, Rotterdam

Matarasso, F., 2013b, ‘Creative Progression: Reflections on quality in participatory arts’, UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Journal in the Arts, Vol. 3 no. 3 Melbourne

McGrath, J. 1981, A Good Night Out, Popular Theatre: Audience, Class and Form, London 

Meiselas, S., with women in refuge, 2017, A Room of Their Own, West Bromwich

Moriarty, G., 1997, Taliruni’s Travellers, An arts worker’s view of evaluation, Stroud

Morris, W., 1993 News from Nowhere and Other Writingsed. Clive Wilmer, London

Moser, P., & MacKay, G., eds. 2005, Community Music, A Handbook, Lyme Regis 

Neal, L., 2015, Playing for Time, Making art as if the world mattered, London 

New Economics Foundation, n.d. (1997), Participation Works! 21 techniques of community participation for the 21st century, London

O’Neill, O., 2002, A Question of Trust: The BBC Reith Lectures 2002, Cambridge 

Peaker, A. & Pratt, B., 1996, Arts in Prisons: A Good Doss or Purposeful Activity?,Loughborough

Peaker, A. & Vincent, J., 1990, Arts in Prison: Towards a Sense of Achievement, London

Perry, G, 2014, Playing to the Gallery, London

Rankin, P., 2014, Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities, London

Read, H., 1955, The Grass Roots of Art, London

Rose, J., 2010, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, New Haven

Russell, W., 2000, Educating Rita, Harlow

Sartre, J.-P., 1973, Un Théâtre de situations, Contat, M. & Rybalka, M., eds. Paris

Schlink, B. 1997, The Reader, London 

See Red, 2016, See Red Women’s Workshop, Feminist Posters 1974-1990, London

Selwood, S., 1995, The Benefits of Public Art, The polemics of permanent art in public places, London

Shakespeare, T., 2018, Disability: The Basics, London

Shaw, R., 1987, The Arts and the People, London

Shiner, L., 2003, The Invention of Art: A Cultural History, Chicago

Simon, N., 2010, The Participatory Museum,Museum 2.0. Kindle Edition 

64 Million Artists with Arts Council England, 2018, Cultural Democracy in Practice, London

Smith., C., 1998, Creative Britain, London

Solnit, R., 2016, Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, Edinburgh

Somekh, B. & Lewin. C. eds., 2005, Research Methods in the Social Sciences, London

Stevens, W., 1997, Collected Poetry & Prose, New York

Theatre Workshop 2009, Oh What a Lovely War, Joan Littlewood, ed., London

Thompson, J., 2009 Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Effect, London 

Thompson, J., Hughes, J. & Balfour, M. 2009 Performance in Place of War, London

Tiller, C. 2016, Power Up, Creative People and Places, London

Tobelem, J-M., 2016, La culture pour tous, Paris

Todorov., T., 2006, In Defence of the Enlightenment, London

Tolkien, J. R. R.. 1966, The Fellowship of the Ring, London

Tolstoy, L., 1995, What is Art?Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, London

Turino, C., 2014, The Point of Culture: Brazil Turned Upside Down, ed. Paul Heritage. Rosie Hunter & Poppy Spowage, London

Turnbull, G., ed., 2015, The Questions We Ask Together, Open Engagement

Tusa, J., 1999, Art Matters, Reflecting on Culture,London 

Van Erven, E., 1988, Radical People’s Theatre, Indiana

Van Erven, E., 1992, The Playful Revolution: Theatre and Liberation in Asia, Indiana

Van Erven, E., 2001, Community Theatre: Global Perspectives, London

van Erven, E., 2013, Community Art Power: Essays from ICAF 2011Rotterdam

Van Erven, E., 2013, Community Arts Dialogues, Utrecht

Wallinger, M. and Warnock, M., eds. 2000, Art for all? Their policies and our cultureLondon

Weingärtner, J., 2012, The Arts as a Weapon of War: Britain and the Shaping of National Morale in World War II, New York

White, M., 2009, Arts Development in Community Health: A Social Tonic, Oxford

Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. 2009, The Spirit Level, Why more equal societies almost always do better, London

Williams, R., 1983, Keywords, A vocabulary of culture and society, London

Williams, R., 1989, Resources of Hope: Culture, Democracy Socialism, London

Witts, R., 1998, Artist Unknown, An Alternative History of the Arts Council, London

Zemke, R., Raines, C., & Filipczak, B., 2000, Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace, New York.