Quality Perspectives - Artists and Partners

Quality Perspectives Infographic

About the research

In 2012 and 2013 research was conducted with the five organisations that made up the ArtWorks Scotland supported Peer to Peer Networks (PPNs) 1. These organisations were:

  • Patter - a group of artists working across artforms within early years settings
  • SPAN - the Scottish Prison Artists Network
  • TRiGGER - a group of visual artists and makers in Dundee and Angus who worked in school settings
  • NEPAN - the North East Participatory Arts Network
  • The Edinburgh Youth Music Forum.

The research aimed to gain a clearer understanding of the PPN Membership and their practice as artists in participatory settings. In particular: 

  • their journeys into working in participatory settings;
  • their diverse roles as artists working in such settings;
  • and the factors that they felt supported quality in relation to their work in such settings.

Download the research

Quality Perspectives Research Summary

Research background and key observations from the project.

Revisiting Learning from the Peer to Peer Networks

A report into the findings from phase 2 of the research into the ArtWorks Scotland peer to peer networks.

This research led to the development of a number of ‘factors’ that artists felt were important to support high quality work. These factors were tested further in 2013 in order to understand the perspective of project ‘partners’ – people who work with artists as employers, managers, commissioners or co-ordinators such as teachers, Creative Learning Network members and staff from the NHS, Community Development and Scottish Prison Service. The central criteria was that partners were not artists.

Presenting the findings

    These infographics visually represent some of the findings from the research. In the first set, derived from research with artists, they are shown in two ways; first by their suggested importance to the artists, and second, by how often the artists believe they actually happen.

    The second set presents the views of partners alongside those of artists and are intended to help illustrate some of the convergent and divergent thoughts about how important the quality factors are to both groups, as well as how often they happen in practice.