Cultural Playing Field

Make the artists’ parliament inclusive by Robin Simpson
May 12, 2008, 4:15 pm
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Writing in The Guardian today Mark Ravenhill proposes establishing an “artists’ parliament”. In order to stand for a place in this parliament “all candidates would need is proof that a significant part of their income came from work in the arts”. Why? The vast majority of the artists creating and performing in this country are not paid to do so. One of the major disappointments with Arts Council England has been its lack of connection with the overwhelming majority of arts organisations. If he really wants his parliament to “raise public awareness of ongoing cultural debates and help foster a sense of ownership and involvement in the arts” Ravenhill should be truly revolutionary and include equal representation for the amateur arts.

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Excellent post (while we are considering excellence). I thought I was alone om this view, and it’s good to see I’m not.

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