New Perspectives in Participatory Arts: a report by Dr Lucy Wright


Last week we were pleased to launch the new report on New Perspectives in Participatory Arts by Dr Lucy Wright at the New Perspectives on Participatory Arts conference held at the University of East Anglia.

The participatory arts are one of the eight key areas targeted in the Connected Communities programme, alongside Creative & Digital, Civil Society & Social Innovation, Diversity & Dissent, Health & Wellbeing, Culture & Heritage, Environment & Sustainability and Methods & Theory. In this report Participatory arts are categorised as those concerned with the development of community arts and media, and new ways of doing and thinking about practice in participation. Projects weave together the critical and creative in communities of culture. More than eighty projects, which self-categorised as being concerned with the participatory arts, were supported during the eight years of the Connected Communities programme.


A survey of projects developed by Connected Communities award-holders and partners reveals a range of new and emergent perspectives on the participatory arts as a means of engaging with communities, effecting social change and contributing to research agendas. This report will highlight thirteen key themes raised by the collected work of project partners.


You can read the report in full here:

New Perspectives in Participatory Arts Dr Lucy Wright