The Journal of Arts & Communities is dedicated to researchers and practitioners from around the world who wish to increase the understanding and development of the socially engaged arts.
In partnership with ArtWorks & the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a double Special Edition of the Journal of Arts & Communities is planned for publication in 2015. There is a Guest Editorial Team for this Special Edition who will work in partnership with the Journal of Arts & Communities editorial team. This team includes Susanne Burns, Project Director, ArtWorks, Sean Gregory, Director of Creative Learning, Barbican London, Dr Abigail Gilmore, University of Manchester, Judith Hills, University of Sunderland and Chrissie Tiller University Of Goldsmiths who join Stephanie Knight, Principal Editor of the Journal of Arts & Communities and Greg Giesekam who is Associate Editor. Chrissie Tiller is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arts & Communities.
ArtWorks is a distinct initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation championing the value of the work of artists in participatory settings, by identifying and promoting the range of skills needed to inspire and engage people taking part.
The ArtWorks philosophy is simple: people involved in participatory art will be more deeply engaged – and for longer – if the actual experience of taking part is a quality, positive experience. Valuing and professionalising the skills needed by the artists involved is the first step to inspiring this experience.
Over a three year period, ArtWorks has been harnessing the best practice from the British Isles and piloting new practice to create career development opportunities so artists working in participatory settings have the support they need to become great facilitators, leaders and teachers.
Beyond this, ArtWorks is working to transform radically the way we treat participatory art in the British Isles. Artists, commissioners of participatory art, training providers and policy makers all have a fundamental role to play in helping make this happen.
ArtWorks has been working closely with Higher Education, recognising that this partnership can enrich the practice and increase and deepen our understanding of the work, and develop provision for artists' development and reflection. As a consequence of this partnership, a large body of research has emerged that supplements the work being undertaken by others in the field.
In support of these developments the Journal of Arts & Communities in partnership with ArtWorks announces this Call for Contributions to the double Special Edition.
The Journal of Arts & Communities encourages a wide range of contributions and contributors, including, but not limited to, the following: essays pursuing original lines of inquiry, raising challenging issues about the field, or documenting innovative work; interviews with practitioners or debates between practitioners and/or theorists; case studies of individual practices or projects, particularly those which have a broader significance in relation to ongoing concerns in the field and those which provide opportunities for project participants to reflect upon their participation; photo-essays or other forms of project documentation; accounts of innovative training practices or approaches to evaluation and critical reflection; reports on conferences or proposals to publish more extended proceedings. Beyond our normal book review section, we also welcome proposals to discuss particularly significant publications which might merit fuller discussion.
Details for Contributors
Although we are open to discussion on the length of specific contributions, prospective contributors might observe the following guidelines as to length:
- Discursive articles tackling broader issues of theory or practice or introducing particularly significant practice: up to 6,000 words, although we may agree to extend this in exceptional circumstances to 10,000 words;
- Interviews, debates and case studies: up to 4,000 words;
- Photo-essays, or other forms of visual project documentation – up to eight pages of visual documentation;
- Reports of conferences: up to 1,500 words; we may also agree some visual documentation, where appropriate. Proposals for more extensive conference proceedings should be discussed prior to submission;
- Book discussions, Notes and Queries: up to 750 words.
Contributors should follow the Harvard referencing system for citations and
include a list of works cited at the end of the article. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum.
Illustrations and images are welcome. Photographs can only be accepted as
production-ready, high resolution electronic images in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format.
Minimum resolution for images is 300 dpi. All illustrations and images should be accompanied by a caption and numbered. Images should be sent in the order in which they are expected to appear in the article. It is the contributors’ responsibility to obtain copyright permission, where necessary, to reproduce images.
Submissions should be sent via e-mail in Word format to the Principal Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to discuss proposed articles in advance of submission; in particular, we encourage practitioners who may wish to explore ways of documenting their practice to get in touch to discuss possible approaches.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th September 2014.
All submissions will be sent to the panel of guest peer reviewers for assessment of their suitability for publication in these special editions.
The views expressed in the Journal of Arts and Communities are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Editors or the Editorial Board.
For further details on submission guidelines please consult the Intellect website: