My work in community arts, over 35 years now, is rooted in the belief that everyone has the right to create art and to share the result, as well as to enjoy and participate in the creations of others.
Shaping your own cultural identity – and having it recognised by others – is central to human dignity and growth. If people can’t represent themselves culturally how can they do so in any other way, including politically? If people are only imagined and portrayed by others, how can they be full, free and equal members of society?
And yet, in every society, people’s access to culture is very uneven. Those who identify with dominant cultures have no difficulty creating and promoting their values. Others, passively or actively denied cultural resources, platforms and legitimacy, remain on the margins.
My work engages with those issues through research, work with arts groups and writing. I work freelance and independently, often in partnership with others. For more information about my recent work, please follow this link.