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We are really pleased to be part of the Participatory Arts London (PAL) Network and our Head of Creative Learning, Beccy Allen, coordinates the network on behalf of Half Moon. Whilst Beccy was on sabbatical (academic year 2017/18), PAL was led by a steering group of representatives from Emergency Exit Arts, Punchdrunk, London Bubble, the Barbican, the Royal Court and the Young Vic. The PAL Freelancers’ Network was led by Haringey Shed.
A collective voice for people that design, produce and facilitate participatory arts in London. Reflecting on our practice; pursuing peer-to-peer learning.
Participatory Arts London: representing ourselves, reflecting on our practice and safeguarding the diversity of London’s cultural offer.
In December 2011, representatives from 13 of London’s participatory arts organisations, including five Arts Council NPOs, met to discuss the challenges we face as arts educationalists in a fast-moving social and economic environment. We are continuing to grow and as of July 2017 our network includes over 260 representatives from a variety of London’s arts organisations as well as freelance practitioners and producers.
Developed from the Independent Theatre Council’s (ITC) Education Managers’ Forum, Participatory Arts London was formed to give a collective voice to people that design, produce and facilitate participatory arts in London. We are concerned about the lack of representation in our sector and are keen to start a wider conversation with creative practitioners and strategic and cultural organisations. We are eager to use our strength as a group to reflect on our own practice and pursue peer-to-peer learning and professional development, using our findings for our own discussions about value, impact and quality as well as beginning long-term discussions with the wider sector.
We invite anyone working in Participatory Arts to join our conversation.
Our focus is participatory arts with young people. We currently meet every three months, visiting each other’s work in between to learn from each other, reflect on our own practice and build new partnerships across the sector and across art-forms. We are currently focused in the main on theatre and performing arts but are slowly developing relationships with other art-forms.
For details of exact dates of future meetings or more information about PAL, to sign up to a meeting and to join the network please contact:
You can also follow PAL on Twitter: @PALLondon
We also coordinate a PAL Freelancers’ Network and offer marketplace events at the end of the autumn and the summer terms to enable freelancers to meet participatory arts organisations for whom they might want to work.
The next marketplace will be announced shortly.
The aim of this Freelancers’ Network is to run independently and we encourage freelance artists to get in touch if they would like to coordinate the network, organise the marketplace events or organise smaller skills sharing sessions.
To join the Freelancers’ Network, please contact: palfreelancers[at]gmail.com