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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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2017.11.14 | Knowledge exchange

New report on participatory research in citizen participation in European Cultural Centres

Carsten Stage, Camilla Møhring Reestorff and Birgit Eriksson from TAKE PART have finished a two-year research and action project about citizen participation in European cultural centres. The project investigated cultural centres as arenas for civic engagement and participation, but also experimented with participation as an important part of the…

2017.09.28 | Seminar

Collaboration and Community-Building in Contemporary Art in Japan and Denmark

Join a two-day seminar on the potential of contemporary art to create collaboration and strengthen local communities. The seminar takes place on November 4th-5th at University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus.

2017.05.09 | Conference

TAKING PART IN THE ARTS? – a conference on participatory (choreographic) art projects.

Birgit Eriksson talks about the motivations and modes of participation at a conference in Dansehallerne in Copenhagen, May 31st 2017 at 9.00-15.30

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