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TAKE PART – research network on cultural participation

TAKE PART is a network of researchers and professionals engaged in the investigation of contemporary forms of cultural participation. The ideal of turning citizens and users into “participants” currently play an important role in the arts, in cultural institutions and in society in general. In TAKE PART we investigate different forms of participation. We compare the various motivations, practices, outcomes and models of cultural participation. And we explore if and how cultural, social and political participation interact.

Our key questions are if and how

  • new (ideas of) communities are created in artistic and cultural participation
  • cultural participation is influenced by the dwindling political and institutional legitimacy of the welfare state
  • the cultural sphere functions as an arena in which participants have influence on issues affecting their everyday lives
  • we can examine the values and outcomes ​​of various forms of participation

In TAKE PART we advance the investigation of these issues by promoting exchange and collaboration between separated research environments and between theoretical and practice-oriented research. The network has around 80 members from seven universities and 25 cultural institutions. 


The project is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2018




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2018.01.19 | Workshop

New network on participatory art in Japan and Denmark

The international research network CCCA (Collaboration and Community-Building in Contemporary Art) is hosting its first workshop in Tokyo, January 31-February 1, 2018.

2017.11.14 | Conference

Call for papers

Call for papers for Take Part’s conference out now – please share!

2017.11.09 | Knowledge exchange

New collaboration: REACH and TAKE PART

European colleagues have just started REACH, a new EU support and coordination project about participatory approaches to Culture. REACH will establish a social platform for discussion and collaboration by a wide-ranging network of professionals, institutions, researchers, arts practitioners, associations, and interest groups.

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