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François Matarasso

Community artist & writer

François Matarasso is an independent community artist and writer. Seeing practice and theory as interdependent, he has worked as an artist and teacher, consultant and researcher, since 1980. He works with (mostly) small cultural organisations, as well as with foundations, universities, and national cultural agencies in more than 40 countries. Adopting a rights-based approach to cultural participation he has published influential work on the social value of cultural participation, community art practice and rural development. His latest book, on the rise of participatory art, will be published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in November 2018.

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