Author Archives: alison jeffers

About alison jeffers

I am an academic working in theatre and performance.

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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Live Well:Make Art

A group of health professionals, arts activists, academics and cultural producers in Greater Manchester have been discussing links between arts and health and whether connections between the two can be explored though the idea of social movements. Alan Higgins, the … Continue reading

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The art of hospitality

Over the last year Alison has been working on a research project with three refugee organisations in Bristol – Bristol Hospitality Network, Dignity of Asylum Seekers and Barton Hill Walled Garden. Alison, Emily Cuming from the University of Leeds and … Continue reading

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Participation and community plays

Part of the reason for setting up this blog was to post about academic research to an audience who might not otherwise read it – academic books are expensive and articles are often only accessible to those in academic institutions … Continue reading

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It was thirty years ago…

It was thirty years ago… In November 2014 Cartwheel Arts in Rochdale celebrated thirty years of its existence as a community arts organisation. Cartwheel Community Arts (as it was then) was set up in 1984 through a collaborative partnership between … Continue reading

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