What is Community Art?

We work to the following definition of Community Arts: as contained in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Community Arts Policy, which was co-developed with the community arts sector

Community Art is a process of harnessing the transformative power of original artistic expression, producing a range of outcomes: social, cultural and environmental.

Looked at politically, socially, culturally and/or economically, community arts aim to establish and maximise inclusive ways of working, providing an opportunity for communities and their participants to continue to find ways to develop their own skills as artists and for artists to explore ways of transferring those skills.

Through this process, community arts aim to maximise the access, participation, authorship and ownership in collective arts practice.

Put simply, community art practice develops original creative thinking, activity and outcomes to affect positive change.

UN Declaration of Human Rights – Article 27

  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.