The journey The travel log of a participatory arts activity to create these principles started with a big discussion in Carmarthen. We 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.

Arts Council of Wales asked us to create The ArtWorks Cymru quality principles to move the conversation on. They will 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 . We expect artists and arts organisations to be the main stakeholder Anyone who has an interest or concern in a participatory arts project or programme that use the quality principles, but we hope you will share them with your partners and use them in practice. They are designed 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.

Arts Council of Wales Logo

ArtWorks Cymru Quality Principles Map

The ArtWorks Cymru Quality Principles are grouped into three areas - intention What the project or programme intends to deliver , activity What happens in the project or programme and people Who is involved in the project or programme . Please hover to view the principle area and click for more detail.