‘All in this together’

The de-politicisation of community art in Britain, 1970-2011 The term ‘community art’ came into use in Britain at the beginning of the 1970s, at a time when the cultural experimentation of the 1960s was confronted both by harsh economic conditions and by more concerted resistance from a cultural establishment beginning to recognise the nature of … Continue reading ‘All in this together’

The mailman’s authority

‘Alert always to “Wittgenstein’s distinction between all the trivia you can talk about, and all the essentials you can’t,” Steiner has labored not ever to obscure that distinction.’ George Steiner at the New Yorker (2009) I read this sentence in Robert Boyers’ introduction to George Steiner’s collected essays for the New Yorker. My interest was … Continue reading The mailman’s authority

Where angels might fear to tread

Diversity has become an increasingly frequent subject in arts management during my working life. It is a focus of conferences, programming, policy and, naturally, of debate in the media and across café tables. The terms of discourse have varied over the years, as has the relative importance given to its articulations. Race, ethnicity, disability, gender, … Continue reading Where angels might fear to tread

For the good of the others

'Inform, educate and entertain' This week, Radio 4 has been broadcasting a series of 45-minute programmes by Melvyn Bragg under the title The Value Of Culture. It's a sign of the strength and quality of public culture in Britain that such programmes are an unexceptional part of everyday broadcasting. Melvyn Bragg’s excellent radio series, In Our Time, from which The … Continue reading For the good of the others