Episode 017

Culture, democracy & the right to make art









Sophie Hope

Alison Jeffers



May 24, 2019


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Alison Jeffers co-edited Culture Democracy and the Right to Make Art with artist Gerri Moriarty. The book contains twelve chapters that look at the community arts movement from the 1980s to today. Bloomsbury Methuen published it in 2017. In 2018 the book was awarded Gold Open Access status, enabled through institutional funds from the University of Manchester.

In this episode Alison Jeffers talks with Sophie Hope about how she got drawn into the community arts movement, and her personal journey from then to now. They discuss how the ways in which community arts has changed direction and developed as the wider culture has changed; about the effects that the community arts movement has and hasn’t had; and what might happen next.