A Restless Art: How participation won, and why it matters
A Restless Art is an account of the theory, history and practice of community art in Europe that combines decades of first-hand experience with new research and many project descriptions.
‘For anyone interested in participatory art and community art, this book is a must read and will likely remain so for years to come. It charts the history and evolution of participatory art in this country and many countries abroad, arguing the case for its continued development with passion and creative force. It is strongly theoretically grounded yet integrated with an insightful awareness of how politics affect this art, and indeed all art. Elegantly and creatively written with telling examples, it shows how the power of this ‘restless art’ has made an impact on peoples’ lives and communities. François Matarasso has the unique quality and far reaching knowledge of one who is both a practitioner and scholar of the arts and humanities. He interweaves these exceptional talents in this book with consummate skill, wisdom and insight that give participatory art its well-deserved place in history.’
Helen Simons, Professor Emeritus of Education and Evaluation at the University of Southampton