Guides and handbooks

Recent publications

  • Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact, A Study Book for Students, Stakeholders and ResearchersSibelius Academy Research Report Publication (2013) ‘The key target group of the Study Book is students in arts management, social studies, arts, or economics interested in the field where art is used for societal engagement. We also believe that it contributes to the people already working or aiming to work in art projects or organizations with societal impact.’
  •  The Questions We Ask Together, Gemma-Rose Turnbull, ed.,Open Engagement (2015),  Not a guide, but still of practical value to artists as it brings together reflections by practitioners on some key issues they grapple with.

Older books

Over the years a number of practitioners have written handbooks and guides for others working in the field. They naturally vary in tone and content and some are more practical than others. They also tend to go out of print quickly but it’s easy enough to find second hand copies. Again, this is a selective list.

  • Ann Jellicoe, 1987, Community Plays: How to put them on. London
  • Susan Jones, ed., 1992, Art in Public: What, Why and How, Sunderland
  • François Matarasso, 1994, Regular Marvels: Handbook for Animateurs, practitioners and development workers in dance, Mime, music and literature, Leicester