Formed in 2015, ArtWorks Alliance is the UK umbrella for organisations with strategic or developmental interests in any branch of participatory arts (not for individual artists), including community arts, socially-engaged arts, voluntary arts, and arts in education and learning. Membership covers all artforms, geographic areas, ways of working, and purposes of the work. Founding members are: Artquest, People Dancing, a-n, engage, National Association of Writers in Education and Sound Sense.
By bringing together a wide range of organisations and activists to work collectively, the sector will have a more powerful voice – persistent and consistent in its messages. By sharing best practice, participatory arts work will be of better quality. Pooling knowledge will increase efficiency. And by collaborating on joint projects, drawing on members’ specialist expertise, the sector will grow stronger, bigger and faster.
Areas of work include: growing the market for participatory arts; promoting the use of quality frameworks and tools; finding better ways of influencing policymakers; sharing practice at a large-scale convention; developing a useful community of practice online.