Author Archives: alison jeffers

About alison jeffers

I am an academic working in theatre and performance.

Relieved of duty

Originally posted on François Matarasso:
Today, I turn sixty. Such anniversaries are foreseeable, and this one’s long presence on my personal horizon was a reason for writing A Restless Art. It is also why I made so many mistakes…

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Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: the British Community Arts Movement goes Gold Open Access!

The book Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: the British Community Arts Movement edited by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty is now available free online. For those who want to access the book now just click on the … Continue reading

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Cultural Democracy, yesterday, today and tomorrow

  Yesterday we held a symposium at the University of Manchester which was attended by artists, academics, policy makers, creative practitioners, and others. We heard from Huw Wahl, Owen Kelly, Sophie Hope, Steven Hadley, Cathy Mackerras, Steve Vickers, Nick Wilson, … Continue reading

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First review

Thank you to Stephen Pritchard and ArtWorks Alliance for the first review of the book. “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 … Continue reading

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We’re Making History

Thank you to François Matarasso for the next input in our series of guest blogs. François blogs regularly on https://arestlessart.com/ and we are very grateful to him for engaging with Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art to express his ideas about … Continue reading

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A Living Proposition

Between 2010 and 2017 we interviewed over 20 artists as part of the research for Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art. Over the next few months the blog will provide an opportunity to hear from some of them … Continue reading

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The Dissenters

The rhetoric of dissent During our research we were really struck by Clare Higney’s metaphor in her report on the links between community arts and the trade union movement, when she described the community artist as the awkward person ‘standing … Continue reading

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