Mass media forum for emerging artists

It was great to see a new partnership announced this week between Arts Council England and Channel4, to support emerging artists. Young artists are the future of the arts, and without support there will be no art in years to come. Bringing it to a mass market is a welcome initiative in a time when opportunities are scarce.

Well done to Channel 4 for continuing to develop our cultural heritage, and to Arts Council England for supporting them!

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Living and Dying

Having worked with a range of arts organisations, and despite being committed to ensuring the resilience and survival of the cultural sector, I can never forget the provocation papers published by John Knell for Mission Models Money, entitled The Art of Dying (2005)  and The Art of Living (2007).  The Art of Dying, in particular, shocked me at the time – I found it so difficult to accept the concept of euthanasia of an arts organisation.  Years later, and with a lot more experience in the field, I have learned that the survival of an organisation is dependent on a number of factors, both internal and external, and that sometimes it is better that the artists move on to create great art elsewhere than get dragged down with a company that cannot survive.  By far the best option, though, is that they are given the tools to create a ‘better contract with the future’, refresh and renew their vision and take themselves and their organisations forward, grow and thrive.

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New Website

Having spent a number of years acting as a consultant for arts organisations, without ever deliberately seeking the work, I decided it was time to advertise my services.  I am deeply committed to ensuring the survival of creative industries,  in particular (but not limited to) theatre companies.  I have helped quite a few of those grow, or survive difficult times, and their continuance vindicates my work in a way that is profoundly satisfying. 

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