Francois Matarasso – Other People’s Books: reading about Community Arts

Over past year or two, I’ve had a series of conversations with people about books they’ve been working on. Some have been long, collective processes, others more individual, but all, I think, will interest readers of this blog in one way or another. Several of these projects have now come to fruition, and it’s a delight to see the published versions.

Three of the books are concerned with histories of community art, which means, among other things, social history, because the two are always intertwined. That’s part of what has always made community art so fascinating, both as practice and story (thinking about art outside its social context has little appeal for me.) The fourth is of this time and the next, intended to help people working in the arts to navigate choppy and changeable seas without losing their direction. But, after all, perhaps that’s what history is for too. Alongside its intrinsic interest, it’s a filter through which to reflect on our own times and lives and choices.

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