Growing the Grassroots: The role of grassroots arts activities in communities

Posted on Tuesday 1st November 2011

Growing the Grassroots Conference 2011

IASS academics, Angus McCabe and Jenny Phillimore held an event for their AHRC Connected Communities funded Grassroots Arts and Community Project in London recently.

The 'Growing the Grassroots' Conference was organised through a partnership between Voluntary Arts, the University of Exeter, The Third Sector Research Centre (University of Birmingham) and the University of Glamorgan. The event was sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and hosted by The English Folk Dance and Song Society at their home in Cecil Sharp House, London.

Opened by Ed Vaizey, MP (Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries), the purpose of the day was threefold, to:

  • Present the initial findings of a scoping study, undertaken by the above partners, into the role of grassroots/amateur arts groups in communities;
  • Explore the implications of the scoping study in more detail and gather participant experiences of the impact of amateur arts.
  • Celebrate the amateur arts through performances and presentations.

The following 'word cloud' depicts the most common words used in the feedback from the day.

Growing the Grassroots: wordcloud

The presentation of key findings was given by Jenny Phillimore and Jane Milling (University of Exeter) and a full conference report, briefing and working paper giving more details of the findings of this scoping study will be available shortly.

For further information, please contact Dr Jenny Phillimore, Institute of Applied Social Studies,