Critically assessing class, community and culture.

We need to have a serious debate around what community, accessibility, participation and diversity mean.

Why the contribution is important

We need to avoid using middle-class artists with little more than a batchelor's degree, as the agents of gentrification or 'regeneration' in deprived urban areas. Trusting that artists, by virtue of being creative, are qualified to undertake social work is senseless and condescending and does little to meaningfully connect people with the arts on a more long-term basis. 

Art institutions e.g museums, need to approach issues of widening participation and accessibility more seriously - a good start would be using more appropriate evaluation methods than visitor surveys, and by employing appropriately qualified staff from of working-class backgrounds. 



by misosoup on July 24, 2017 at 03:56PM

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  • Posted by girvind November 30, 2017 at 15:35

    Absolutely agree. There are more working class poets in my village than there are folk with degrees! Brilliant creative people who would doubtless be looked down upon by the 'cultured' elite but who say more about what it means to be Scottish and what it means to live than many 'polished' folk.
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