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Insight into the Industry – by Vicki Hargreaves

As the artistic director of a young company (Commotion Dance) I am constantly questioning my practice: What will people think? What are others doing? How will I get my work seen? Am I doing enough? I have found over the … Continue reading

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View from the Bridge – by Holly Donagh, A New Direction (Bridge org for London)

‘Quality’ is a loaded word – it manages to be both bland and snobbish – but there is no question it cuts to the heart of how we contest and fight for what we believe is important when working with … Continue reading

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A Quality Process: nail your colours to the mast – By Sarah Thornton, Collective Encounters

Following on from Toby Lowe’s recent blog on quality in participatory arts… I agree with Toby that the discussions about quality in participatory arts shouldn’t be confined to work with children and young people, it’s a discussion that needs to … Continue reading

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By Steve Shaw, Paddington Arts – “How Do We Know It’s Any Good?”…

…is a fair question in relation to Youth Arts/ Community Arts/ Participatory Arts or any Art or Arts come to that. Actually, we can ask the same question in relation to a film or a restaurant. We make the decision … Continue reading

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Quality as process: the view from a solo artist – by Jan Reynolds, EMPAF

Historically those involved in delivering participatory and community arts have debated issues around ’Quality’ and they continue to do so. Why is this? The ‘Quality’ debate has been at the centre of my work for the last 30 years. As … Continue reading

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How to move on! – by Stuart Mullins, THEATRE IS…

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hIlOgZikZgI width=”480″ height=”267″] THEATRE IS… inspires and ignites the artistic leadership of the 21st century… So here we go again, the old quality debate! How do we know its good and therefore by inference, what is bad? It’s a … Continue reading

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Pragmatism + Idealism = Keeping it simple + acknowledging complexity – by Emily Pringle, Tate

The writer Saville Kushner, commenting on the difficulty of evaluating participatory arts projects taking place in education contexts, once observed that ‘evaluation – as a representation of human experience – is an intractable a problem as the art it observes … Continue reading

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