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The holistic case for investment in arts and culture

Our Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette and Chief Executive, Alan Davey, gave a talk on the holistic case for the investment in arts and culture. Here are the slides.

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The holistic case for investment in arts and culture

  1. 1. A model: the holistic case for the arts and culture Sadler’s Wells co-production, Akram Khan Company, DESH Image: Richard Haughton
  2. 2. The holistic case for arts and culture: the model
  3. 3. The holistic case – culture: examples • • The acquiring of culture is the developing of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty. Jesse Lee Bennett The Space will be re-launched in 2014 as a place for artists to experiment, take risks and think big The Museum of London tells the story of the city and its people. It cares for over 2 million objects and attracts over 400,000 visitors a year Art can help us find expression for the ecstatic joy of being alive and thereby help us feel that joy. Michael Boyd, Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company
  4. 4. The holistic case – education: examples • • The great law of culture is: let each become all that he was created capable of being Thomas Carlyle Paraiso School of Samba, London gives guidance to groups and individuals playing authentic Brazilian samba music in the UK, encompassing music and dance tuition, and all aspects of carnival design The Mighty Creatives, Leicester prepares children and young people for a lifetime of leadership, innovation and enterprise by giving them the creative skills to drive positive change in their lives and communities. A really great museum is like a combination of a compass and a kaleidoscope. It gives you a sense of where you stand in the world and opens your mind to a myriad of possibilities. Sally MacDonald, Director of Museums and Public Engagement, UCL
  5. 5. The holistic case – society: examples • • The Customs House, South Tyneside, is an arts centre offering great arts activity and entertainment for all. It runs a theatre, cinema, gallery, studio, restauraunt and a community space used for everything from dance classes to weddings Good Vibrations, Grants for the Arts recipient, is a charity that helps former and current prisoners and ensures hospital patients develop crucial life and work skills, through participating in intensive drumming courses. If the arts had not been invested, we would now do so, as a front line NHS service. Alan Yates, Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Trust Our quest should not just be to add years to our lives, but life to our years. John F. Kennedy
  6. 6. The holistic case – economy: examples • • The innovative cities of the coming age will develop a creative union of technology, arts and civics. Sir Peter Hall Solo Theatre, London. In 2012/13 the theatre’s £600k Arts Council investment leveraged £4.2m turnover. This resulted in £625k returning to government through VAT, tax and NI payments. Dedalus Publishing, Huntingdon. A publisher of literary fiction since 1983. Its mission is to be unique; an alternative to commercial publishing, to find new talent and put British publishing at the heart of Europe. Culture is not just for the middle class. People who think that need to think again – it’s the rocket fuel for our economy. Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
  7. 7. The holistic case – what do you think? • Are we using the right words? • How do these concepts interlink? • What policies should flow from this? • Which are the most important? Does it matter? • Keep the conversation going: @ace_national [The arts and culture] makes life worth living Jeremy Deller, Artist