Monday, 18 January 2010

the state of the arts in 30 tweets

A reader asks for more details about about the plenty of good contributions at the State of the Arts conference. So here are 30 moments that ashdenizen tweeted during the day:

The arts in UK cost 1% of the NHS [overspend]; £1 invested brings £5 return; and cuts lead to a spiral of decline.

Liz Forgan, chair of Arts Council England: The pool of talent is not finite. It is endless. Grow the pool, grow the talent.

The Tate's Nick Serota: unless we recognise climate change as a major issue we will forfeit respect.

Other tweets are reporting the 7 cultural rights just being outlined by Tate's Nick Serota here:

The Tate's director Nick Serota names 7 cultural rights. Number 1: the right to engage in the arts from the earliest age.

Tom Morris makes his own point, that art should not be predetermined, by changing his mind about what he was going to say.

A US perspective.: Bill Ivey from @curbcenter outlines six "cultural rights "because the expressive life is worth fighting for.

C4's Kevin Lygo: audiences for arts events going up, audiences for traditional arts coverage on TV going down.

Whitechapel's Iwona Blazwick: there's only so much shopping people can do. we have all these arts institutions that are free.

Whitechapel's Iwona Blazwick: media often talks about arts with nervousness and suspicion.

On arts media - BBC's Will Gompertz: I still sense people think of the internet as this little thing on the side.

RSA's Matthew Taylor asks: why is arts policy in the "fluffy" bits of the news?

Can artists change society? John McGrath, NT Wales: It helps us imagine how we live in a society to which we're already stepping.

John Tusa: Contemporary plays about politics doing things that journalism doesnt do. Artists inform, clarify and maybe, even, change.

'Can artists change society?' Turner prizewinner Jeremy Deller: We havent yet found our Warhol. The Warhol of the internet.

Good question: in this interactive immersive fastmoving new arts world, is there still space for silence and contemplation?

Disc on convergence of digital and live perf. Eko Eshun: dont fetishise tech stuff. It's there to form closer links with audiences.

In "what's new?": it's up to the artist's imagination to harness the audience's imagination in the best possible way.

In 'what's new?': art forms as hybrid, immersive, interactive, cumulative ...

in 'what's new': multiplatform activity, free content, serial arts encounters, drip-feeding, audiences co-creating, live-blogging ...

Sorry, Peter Brook. Andy Field: there's no such thing as empty spaces. they are never a blank canvas. they are always full.

In 'what's new?' panel: Andy Field from Forest Fringe: I don't want to predict what's new. I want art to be unpredictable.

RT @artsandecology Art is the perfect vehicle for looking ahead re: climate. Alison Tickell

In 'what's new?': ICA's Ekow Eshun on move from vertical relats to horizonal one. Open, porous. Audiences talk back.

In 'what's new?' panel: Colette Bailey from Metal on creating critical conversations. Slide shows herd of cows in Toxteth.

Jeremy Hunt MP: wants grant distributing organisations to keep their admin costs down to 5%.

The RSA's Matthew Taylor: the fact is that an awful lot of things that go on in this sector have nothing to do with govt.

Jeremy Hunt MP: Tories committed to getting rid of many of the targets that arts orgs have + strengthening arm's length principle

The RSA's Matthew Taylor asks: Does this sector know what it wants? Alan Davey, ACE, offers slogan: "don't mourn, organise."

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