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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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2017.01.16 | Arts

The participatory Suitcase

The Royal Danish Theatre has a large research project entitled “A Suitcase of Methods” going on. The project managers, Nina Gram and Anna Lawaetz, are a part of Take Part and participated in our seminar in December at Sandbjerg Gods.   You can read about their experience and their reflections right here

2017.01.13 | Arts


“Presence” has become a new object of study. A small group of researcher within architecture, literature, art, anthropology, and museology uses “presence theory” as a means of studying specific artworks, events or places.

2016.12.22 | Arts

Cultural participation in UK & DK

Can we use participation to not only change the mind sets of the public but to redefine the cultural sector and its institutions? Leila Jancovich reflects on the challenges of cultural participation in UK and DK.

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