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Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art

The British Community Arts Movement

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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.

Author Biography

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.
Release date Australia
December 27th, 2018
Contributors
Edited by Alison Jeffers Edited by Gerri Moriarty
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
20 bw illus
Imprint
Methuen Drama
Pages
280
ISBN-13
9781350094888
Product ID
28116323

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