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And the 2015 Turner Prize goes to… community art

Originally posted on A Restless Art:
‘If art isn’t about people and humanity, then what is it about?’ Hazel Tilley BBC Newsnight The annual Turner Prize, established ‘to celebrate new developments in contemporary art’, is known for controversy. The debate usually turns on the question of whether the prize winner has exhibited art, rather than the more…

Lamentation (1593) by Scipione Pulzone - a painting that has been seen as part of the artistic Counter-Reformation - an argument in art

How to lose the argument

The question of whether some art is always better underlies debates about art criticism, cultural policy and, of course, public spending. It is an important question because how it is answered is a matter of power, not taste. A belief in absolute standards depends on treating art as if it were a branch of the natural sciences, like…

Joli Vyann, Stateless - Photo, Gigi Gianella 2

Dancing about migration

It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. I’ve never been convinced. Human beings are not locked into silos. They are not fixed in place like trees.  Translating experiences from one form or language or culture to another is an everyday necessity. Like all translation, it’s creative. It brings into being…

Opera Dudes performing at Freckenham, drawing by Rosie Redzia from 'A Wider Horizon'

Making ‘arts engagement’ a reality

English arts policy has been preoccupied recently with how to increase people’s engagement in the arts. Since most people already are engaged in the arts – walk down a train and see how many people are watching, reading or listening to something if you doubt it – what that really means is increasing engagement in…

Trinity Laban - 2

Worlds within words

Yesterday two short conversations reminded me of the pitfalls that make words so elusive, so fascinating and so important. The first was a question after I spoke at the Teach Through Music conference in Deptford. I’d been asked to give a talk about the value of music that I wrote for Sage Gateshead last year.…

daCi 2015 Twinning Labs - 2

Dancing in a shared world

The 2015 daCi World Congress is taking place this week in Copenhagen, bringing together over 700 young dancers for an intensive exchange and celebration of dance. The theme is ‘Twist and Twin’ and it picks up a daCi’s growing commitment helping dancers from different cultures to work creatively together. On Tuesday morning, I was lucky…

Mike White

Mike White

The most potent contribution that this new field of arts practice can make is the revelation of just how creative community health can be. Arts Development on Community Health, A Social Tonic, Mike White 2009 Mike White, who died at home yesterday after a long illness, was a pioneer in community-based arts and health. His…