The Quality Principles were created by artists and organisations working in participatory arts in Wales. The process started when a group of people got together and asked lots of questions - what does ‘ quality The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something ’ mean when you are creating work with people Who is involved in the project or programme ? How do we know when we see / feel / hear quality? What do we need to do to ensure quality? We didn’t really have a framework to help us structure our conversation.

With support from Arts Council of Wales, the ArtWorks Cymru Quality Principles were developed to try to add structure to some of the answers to these questions.

The Quality Principles give you a way to talk about quality that can be used by everyone who is making participatory arts Any arts projects or programmes for non-professional participants led or facilitated by professional artists . Artists and arts organisations are using the quality principles in their day to day work, as well as sharing them with partners.

They are there to help you think about how to make the good work you do even better, to show the value of this practice, and to make sure participant The person taking part in a participatory arts activity s get the best experiences possible.

Watch this video for a short introduction to the Quality Principles:



How to use this resource

  • Find out about the Principles below, and then think about what you want to focus on in terms of principles in your project A time-bound participatory arts activity or programme An ongoing participatory arts activity of work.
  • You can work through them all or focus on specific principles that resonate with you. It’s up to you.
  • For each principle, we suggest key indicators Well defined information that shows how a project or programme is performing of quality, but you should create your own bespoke indicators in your space which you can either send as an email to yourself or use our worksheet to map your way through.
  • There are also a range of tools to help you put your quality indicators into practice and case studies so you can see how other people have approached them.