Art with audiences, not art for audiences

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Audiences used to be passive recipients of creativity. Now they are increasingly part of the creative process.

 In 2009 a small theatre company in the UK, the Theatre Royal Stratford East, began a community consultation project called Open Stage. The communities in and around Stratford East were asked what they wanted to see on stage and a group of volunteers gathered information, developed networks and skills, and became a bridge connecting new audiences to the theatre. The project ran for a couple of years and culminated in a co-curated six-month theatre season in the run up to the Olympic Games.

Hilary Glow & Magda Pakulski

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