The work that takes place between creative practitioner and participant can be collaborative, intuitive and exciting; it can also be difficult, challenging and demanding. Creative careers are often built on adapting, flexing and self-resourcing, which embeds a coping and managing skill set. However the framework in which participatory arts is now operating has changed; social support has fallen increasingly to civil society, and the ‘frontline’ now includes many people working with the arts and culture.
Participants bring increasingly complex and vulnerable positions into participatory arts opportunities, which in turn leads to an intensification and diversification of experience, for both participant and creative practitioner. Support for creative practitioners was already needed – now it is critical: this report focuses on practical ways to achieve best and sustainable practice.
Robert Gordon University