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ArtWorks Scotland

ArtWorks Scotland

About the Project

ArtWorks Scotland is a national professional development initiative for artists working in participatory settings led by Creative Scotland.

As part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Special Initiative ArtWorks: developing practice in participatory settings, 2011-14, it was one of 5 pathfinder projects across the UK.

ArtWorks is now moving into a new phase with a growing collective of artists, HE and FE institutions, funders, arts organisations, partners and employers responding to the call to action.

Working in three areas - connectivity, quality, skills development - in 2015-18, ArtWorks Scotland will:

  • create a Scottish forum for practice development and build an effective partnership with the UK, ArtWorks Alliance
  • support an academic network for participatory practice in Scotland
  • disseminate and embed research, learning and resources from ArtWorks and ArtWorks Scotland
  • explore peer review for quality in participatory settings
  • develop associated events and networking activity including open space events
  • develop an artist / teacher resource on ArtWorks Scotland web pages
  • host the International Teaching Artists Conference (ITAC 3) in Glasgow

Creative Learning Events

2017 saw a programme of events, developed in association with ArtWorks Scotland, aiming to create a coherent programme of networking opportunities for artists working in creative learning and participatory arts. The events aimed to inspire practice and support networking and skills development.

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More from ArtWorks:

Best, next and radical practice in participatory arts

The Third International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC3) brought together over 200 attendees including artists, organisations, funders and researchers from 17 countries around the world, to explore the best thinking and practice in participatory arts and teaching artistry informed by projects, practice and research in the field.

ArtWorks Scotland Action Plan - March 2014

This plan outline the key areas of focus for the ArtWorks Scotland project across 2014.

Is this the best it can be? Toolkit

This toolkit can be used by anyone delivering arts and creative learning through collaborative or participatory projects and programmes.

Mutual Curiosity: A look at participatory practice in Scotland

Commissioned by Creative Learning at Creative Scotland this film looks at participatory practice – artists and people working creatively together in communities, education contexts and other areas of public life such as social care and justice.

ArtWorks Research

Research commissioned by Creative Scotland as part of the ArtWorks Scotland project.

ArtWorks Resources

Resources relating to the ArtWorks Scotland project.

Pilot Projects

ArtWorks Scotland has been working to deliver a number of pilot projects with a range of partners in response to the recommendations emerging from our research.