Over the last few decades, in both the commercial and subsidised art worlds, the assumption has been that more and bigger is better; more galleries, more art students, more artists, more art projects, more arts facilitators, more participants. But would society, the art world and artists themselves actually benefit from a drastic reduction? Could the funding crisis and thousands of people falling out of the profession be a positive development?
Invited guests may agree or refute this notion, and representatives of both viewpoints will be represented in this debate.
On the panel will be:
From Market Project, artists Alistair Gentry and TED Fellow Julie Freeman (with the latter chairing the debate); Dave Beech, artist, writer and member of Freee collective; Professor John Hutnyk from the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University; Susan Jones, director of a-n The Artists Information Company.
As contextual material we’ll also be showing Alex Pearl’s short film about his rejected Arts Council funding application for a project to have surplus artists humanely destroyed (it’s illegal, apparently) and a selection of relentlessly positive recruitment videos made by art colleges in order to tempt the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed aspiring artist.
This event is being presented in association with Firstsite and Eastern Pavilions.
Wednesday 9th November, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Free, but space is limited and we usually have a full house so please book in advance by visiting www.firstsite.uk.net.
Meanwhile, please read about Market Project member Alistair Gentry’s workshop on this subject which took place at Arts University College Bournemouth in July (some great comments on that page, too). You can also leave your comments, questions, agreements, disagreements and suggestions for discussion with this post.