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14 January 2010
Reviewed by: Jack Hutchinson »
On 14th January I attended State of the Arts - The Conference for the Arts, hosted by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) and held at Park Plaza Riverbank, London. The conference examined the current and future challenges and opportunities around domestic arts policy, strategy and funding and Britain's position within the global cultural landscape.
What follows is the documentation of my attempt to review and report on the event in real-time. New technologies are increasing the immediacy with which communication can be made. One could assume the gap between experiencing an event and reporting on it will become ever smaller. Using Twitter I attempted to comment on the discussions as they were happening, instantly tweeting my opinions and responses via my iPhone. A more reflective text will be posted on my blog at www.jackjhutchinson.wordpress.com, and a feature on the conference will appear in the March edition of a-n Magazine. Please forward any opinions you might have, either on the formatting of this coverage or on the actual content itself to my twitter account at www.twitter.com/jackjhutchinson.
The State of the Arts - the Conference for the Arts
B. Bradshaw: Reduction in funding for arts in relation to Olympics is only temporary and will change after 2012...are we convinced?5:40 PM Jan 14th
B. Bradshaw: 'Every pound put into the arts generates 5 pounds for the overall economy'5:13 PM Jan 14th
B. Bradshaw: 'Would be great if this could be an annual event' How about being less focused on London..maybe next year Burnley...?!5:08 PM Jan 14th
Next up the keynote session A 21st Century Settlement for Arts and Culture with Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP5:04 PM Jan 14th
Bill Ivey: 'In the US majority of artists income from their work is classed as below poverty line and as such have 2nd jobs'4:40 PM Jan 14th
Nicholas Serota: 'We need more art on tv but a young kid in Burnley is going to struggle to pay for a subscription to Sky Arts'4:33 PM Jan 14th
Bill Ivey: Indicators of cultural vibrancy, expanded indicators, expressive life...is this categorisation in keeping w/public concept of art3:57 PM Jan 14th
Will cuts in the arts lead to, as Dame Liz Forgan puts it, 'deteriorating venues, lack of enterprise and loss of artistic nerve'?3:33 PM Jan 14th
Iwona Blazwick: 'There is a new passion for craft in the arts. In the face of mass capitalism there is desire to make our own things.'2:54 PM Jan 14th
Iwona Blazwick: Who is the public? In London alone we have 100 different ethnic groups and 300 different language groups.2:32 PM Jan 14th
Feel like I am being sold an upgrade package for Sky Arts by John Cassy...2:16 PM Jan 14th
Next up..Do the public get the media coverage they deserve? Should be interesting..although not sure 'deserve' is the right word..1:54 PM Jan 14th
Loved it when the RSA live tweets appeared on a projection and audience concentration switched to comments from the wider public.1:47 PM Jan 14th
Where are all the artists?Maybe charging £115 per ticket excludes a particular percentage of the arts community?1:44 PM Jan 14th
Katie Paterson: "i don't think art should need a reason to exist"...not sure this conference suggests so...1:42 PM Jan 14th
Marcus Romer: 'There are 350 million people on facebook - that's the 3rd largest country in the world. Our sector has to deal with it'.1:40 PM Jan 14th
Jeremy Hunt MP promises to increase National Lottery funding to pre-Labour levels, increasing annual revenue by £50 million10:50 AM Jan 14th
Jeremy Hunt MP promises to make cuts to arts admin costs from 11% (£120 mill annually) to 5% of grant distributions should the Tories win10:48 AM Jan 14th
Word 'encouragement' is plastered everywhere. RSA seem to have done best to discourage young artists with ticket price (£115) alone10:43 AM Jan 14th
in reply to speedinaCheck out the full programme and list of speakers for State of the Arts here http://www.thersa.org/events/state-of-the-arts-conference8:44 AM Jan 14th
My coverage of the State of the Arts Conference will begin at 9.30am. Please tune in to follow live updates and feel free to tweet opinions.7:43 AM Jan 14th
What challenges face arts activism in the 21st century? Does the digital age increase the possibilities for artists to motivate change?7:40 AM Jan 14th
Are the arts doing enough to shape progressive change? Check out the State of the Arts Conference at 1pm to hear the discussion...7:38 AM Jan 14th
Jack Hutchinson is an artist, writer and critic. Since graduating with an AHRC funded MA in drawing from Wimbledon School of Art he has contributed regularly to a-n Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Garageland and the new bi-annual publication Twin. He has exhibited nationally and his first solo exhibition in London, Brief Encounter took place at the Red Gate Gallery in 2009.
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