Cultural Playing Field

A new manifesto for the arts by Robin Simpson
January 16, 2009, 8:59 am
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On Tuesday I was a guest of Lord Salisbury at his ancestral home, Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. As the National Campaign for the Arts launches a series of consultative events around the country to draw up an arts manifesto ahead of the next general election, Lord Salisbury hosted an initial meeting of national arts sector infrastructure organisations. I joined representatives of the Independent Theatre Council, Theatrical Management Association, Equity, Association of British Orchestras, Museums Association, National Association of Local Government Arts Officers, Creative Partnerships, Visual Arts and Galleries Association, Arts & Business and the NCA to look back at the NCA’s 2004/05 Manifesto and start to think about the shape and content of its successor. While I was delighted to see a section on the voluntary arts in the 2004/05 Manifesto, I was keen to suggest that the new Manifesto should take a more holistic view of the arts – looking at broad topics such as participation, excellence, audiences etc rather than dividing the territory into subsectors. I also urged the NCA to ensure the Manifesto covers the arts as a whole – not just those arts organisations funded by Arts Council England.

Robin Simpson.

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Well said, the Arts Council by nature of staffing levels and ‘actual’ levels of skill knowledge and expertise cannot possibly represent and serve the Arts as a whole but do we need another manifesto? The Arts can do better than simply updating one manifesto after another, can’t it?

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[…] I generalise, of course i do, but the trend is there. Robin Simpson in his blog Cultural Playing Field pleads for a more holistic approach, sounds good to […]

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