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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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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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In memory of Mic Smith

I am very sorry to tell readers of this blog of the death of my friend and former colleague Mic Smith, on 6th January 2018. Mic was a founder member of Community Arts Workshop (now CAN, Community Arts North West) … Continue reading

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Community Arts Illustrated

An important feature of Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art (http://bloomsbury.com/uk/culture-democracy-and-the-right-to-make-art-9781474258357/) is the wonderful set of illustrations created for the book by Jennifer Williams, founder of the Centre for Creative Communities. The final chapter describes how Jennifer worked … Continue reading

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Good News for 2017

  Happy New Year!  And we can start it off with some good news! ‘Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art’, a book about the British Community Arts Movement, co-edited by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty has now been … 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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Fighting Talk -the story of the Craigmillar Film Society

There are days when even the most enthusiastic arts activist can feel uninspired. If you’re having one of those days – even if you’re not having one of those days – I’d recommend spending 15 minutes watching this great film … Continue reading

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