Category Archives: Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art

The ‘Cultural Democracy’ Conference: Reflections

I am inspired, just as I was over thirty years ago, when Cathy Mackerras, co-founder of Telford Community Arts and speaker on the first panel of the day, produces their membership card from 1986. ‘Contributing towards the development of a … 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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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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