The Art of With – The impact of open source on the arts

Charles Leadbeater is back with a new essay, commissioned by Cornerhouse in Manchester.


The Art of With looks at the way in which communication, participation and engagement has shifted dramatically due to the power of the internet age, specifically web 2.0 – where we are empowered to give as well as take from the digital world. What does this mean for the arts? How can artists, audiences and stakeholders now make an impact on cultural provision? And how should they? What does it mean for the traditional model of programming and producing?

Rather cleverly, as well as publishing the document (under a creative commons licence – give and gain!) they’ve created an Art of With Wiki – to allow readers to comment on the document and have their voices heard. Very “with”.

This essay is being followed up by a seminar about the issues raised in the paper, at Cornerhouse on the 24th of June. To book your place visit the Cornerhouse website. If you do go, be sure to say hello to Sarah, our Strategic Projects Director.

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