ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings is a workforce scheme that seeks to meet the needs of artists at different stages in their careers - from the aspiring young artist embarking on training, to experienced practitioners who wish to progress their output. It is seeking to build on good practice to enhance the existing development infrastructure.
The programme had its genesis in an extensive period of research which began in 2008 and now encompasses a number of strands. It will fund a small number of pathfinder partnerships, build a community of practice on and offline and organise events and publications.
PHF believes that this is a unique opportunity to support an emerging network of artists, arts organisations and training providers wishing to contribute to this crucial development work. We want to ensure that there is the time, space and funding for shared learning.
This Special Initiative is an important intervention that will cause a paradigm shift in the way participatory work is viewed. It will generate enhanced quality and deeper understanding of what is required from artists in generating successful participatory projects.
The scheme stems from a belief that artists who are given access to training and supported to develop their own practice will provide higher quality arts-led experiences. It will operate under the overall objective of the PHF Arts programme: to increase access to and enjoyment of the arts in the UK.
NAWE is part of the 'Navigator' pathfinder group that includes other national membership organizations.
Towards the end of 2012, each partner within Navigator ran a Lab, exploring issues around the employment of artists. NAWE's Lab
focused on writers working with people suffering from dementia.
ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative with funding and support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creativity Culture & Education (supported by Arts Council England) and the Cultural Leadership Programme.