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Are we missing something….? by Sam Cairns, Co-ordinator, Cultural Learning Alliance

Measuring the quality of cultural learning programmes for children and young people seems to provoke endless debate in the cultural sector, and almost none in the education sector.  If teachers, who are experts in assessment, feel it should be easy … Continue reading

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Young people know what’s excellent and what’s not – by Eloise Malone, Effervescent

Last month, I had an alcohol-fueled argument with a very nice man who had just curated an incredibly high-profile arts event, and hadn’t put in a single work that was created collaboratively or through socially-engaged practice. It was one of … 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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