François Matarasso

François Matarasso is a leading expert in community cultural practice, in demand as a writer, researcher and consultant. He is Honorary Professor at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University and a Clore Foundation Fellow for 2007/08. From 1980 to 1994 he was a community artist and producer working in schools, hospitals, prisons, and neighbourhoods. His experience in visual art, theatre, and community development shaped his thinking and continues to inform his work. Since 1994, he has specialised in practice-led research, exploring the interaction between arts development, policy and ideas. He has published groundbreaking research on the impact of participation in culture and developed new approaches to arts evaluation. At the same time, he works on arts programmes, advises cultural organisations and provides extensive training and facilitation work. François has undertaken work for international and national bodies, local government, NGOs, foundations and cultural organisations in over 20 European countries, as well as in Latin America, Japan and Africa. His work has been widely published and translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and several other languages. (Updated 2008)