Francois MatarassoProfiling Creative Progression, an arts programme delivered by Helix Arts whose aim was to support the progress of the homeless participants towards health, wellbeing and independent living, Matarasso identifies the five stages of a participatory arts process – conception, contracting, working, creation and completion – and where the key issues lie when defining and securing quality in performance.

Does the terms excellence and quality matter to the artists working in a community or participatory practice? Does the quality of an artist’s work come down to self-belief? How can quality be achieved without sacrificing honest creative practice?

Here mailout shares Matarasso’s insightful, new report which – through using the Creative Progression programme as its framework – illustrates the inevitably subjective nature of both arts practice and artistic experience and the impossibility to define fixed standards of quality and excellence in performance and outcome.

To read ‘Creative Progression: Reflection on quality in participatory arts’ please visit: 2013 Creative Progressions

Find out more about François Matarasso and his work by visiting the Parliament of Dreams website. Please visit: