This Wednesday we will be asking: what will the arts industry look like in five years time - after Covid-19, after Brexit, after more climate change? We know there are no straight answers but we're keen to hear what you change you want/hope/need to see.
Three artists from UK New Artists will be joining our call on Wednesday to share their insight into the industry and help us discuss the questions below.
- The Covid-19 lockdown has highlighted once again how important the arts and creativity are for people's mental, emotional and physical health. Should all art, like health care, be free at the point of access?
- Arts Council England's new strategy steers the industry further towards community-focused work that support societal themes including physical and mental health, social care and inequality. Are the arts becoming the new way to plug the considerable funding gaps in social welfare budgets?
- With an ever-escalating climate emergency, what will international collaborations look like in 2025? Do you think international touring exhibitions/live shows are ethical or indeed necessary?
- The arts industry has traditionally had high barriers of access, leaving it to be the domain of predominantly white, middle classes who could financially afford to overcome those barriers. How do we elevate those who aren't in such a position, to make the industry more equal as a whole?
The three artists who will be joining us are:
Fauve Alice is a performer and theatre maker who creates playful and provocative performance pieces which explore and question normative social values. She works in both national and international contexts. You can find out more info about Fauve's work here.
Ryan Boultbee asks us to look again at the spaces and places we occupy. His art-architecture works add to, take from and alter everyday spaces. He co-runs No Jobs in the Arts: a platform supporting young and emerging artists in the East Midlands. Explore more of Ryan's work here.
Leeds based self-taught artists Linnet Panashe Rubaya, passionate about representation, depicts stories and articulates a Black modern narrative. Shortlisted for UK Young Artist of the Year 2019, Linnet currently has work showing as part of the group shows: "MK Calling 2020" at Milton Keynes Gallery and "Me, Myself and I" at Collyer Bristow Gallery. Find out more about Linnet's art here.
Please do join us on Wednesday. You can use this link to find us on Google Meet: meet.google.com/yob-wxid-fmy. Alternatively, dial in via phone: +44 20 3873 3170 PIN: 624 631 311 8566#