This is the introduction to the discussion week.
To view the Day 7 post Monday 20 April go here
To view the Day 5 post Saturday 18 April go here
To view Day 4 post Friday 17 April go here
To view Day 3 post Thursday 16 April go here
To view the Day 2 post Wednesday 15 April go here
To view the Day 1 post, Tuesday 14 April – follow this link here –
You can comment at the end of this post, which introduces the week, or comment on the posts put up each day
During the seven days from 14 – 21 April, I will be posting some of my views on the type of cultural support structures we need now. These views will contribute towards my contribution to the CPPS seminar on 24 April, a later publication of my thinking and also towards the development of a new platform for everyone in the arts. Some of the views are well developed and some not. Some of the posts will be long (Day1 – after the Easter Weekend) and some short.
In particular, I will be writing about the type of intermediary cultural public agencies that we need at this time. That is, those agencies which intermediate between government policy and the creative experiences achieved by artists and audiences.
Although my thinking can be applied to a range of UK and European contexts, it is most applicable to Scotland because this is my home and where I am most connected. In Scotland we also have the advantage of being a small country and an emergent nation in the context of the UK. My views are informed by my experience of working in the arts and creative industries for the last 30 years, the views, opinions and writings of others and lots of discussions and debates.
Note on Creative Scotland
I am an advocate for Creative Scotland and supportive of the Scottish Government’s policy in establishing it.
My thinking has developed considerably since I was Transition Director for Creative Scotland in 2008 and the views expressed here are my own.
Why am I posting this?
I believe that everyone in the arts wants the best for artists and for audiences. Many of us are involved in, and interested in, the support structures to achieve this. There are lots of conversations going on about this and its good to share!
So I hope that people will comment on the blog
Tuesday 14th April: 20th century to 21st century: the changed and rapidly changing world for the arts
Wednesday 15th April: The current economic downturn – priorities and opportunities
Thursday 16th April: Why we need to reconfigure the cultural landscape
Friday 17th April: A new cultural landscape for the 21st century
Saturday 18th April: 21st century intermediate cultural agencies – characteristics
Monday 20th April: wrap up