DEMOCRACY AND THE ARTS IN EUROPE
8th May – 7-9PM at RichMix: Tickets available here
A Creative Industries Federation survey suggested that 96% of creatives favoured remaining in the EU. However, now that Article 50 has been triggered and we commence shaping post-Brexit Britain, perhaps the mood is changing? Many cultural figures continue to ask whether Brexit spells disaster for the UK’s cosmopolitan art scene; others are open to the possibility that Brexit might encourage the arts to connect to the public in a new way. For instance, Grayson Perry sees a ‘fantastic’ opportunities to challenge the ‘same old comfortable ideas’ and, in doing so, ‘reach new audiences’. Some posit that an internationalist and enlightened Creative Class is an important antidote to nativist and populist trends. In contrast, David Goodhart argues in his new book that the new cultural divide is between Somewheres and Nowheres. Perhaps the arts might now explore the rootedness of Somewheres, to shine a light on new sensibilities?
The second in this series of public debates continues to explore the fundamental issues affecting the future of the arts. Following a lively and packed first event, it asks: Is there role for the arts in Brexit processes and in public debate about them? Do those working in the arts have responsibilities towards the public: to heal rifts? to represent and/or shape public identity/ies? to be iconoclasts? Or should artists distance themselves from public opinion, populism and politics and just concentrate on developing works of artistic merit?
Eddie Berg (Rich Mix)
Vicki Heywood (RSA)
Miriam Elia (artist)
Angus Kennedy (writer)
Claire Fox (Institute of Ideas)
Our goal is to establish a network of groups – up and down the country – where people can discuss issues related to Brexit and democracy.
Our initial meetings have been incredibly popular and lively. They’ve involved wide-ranging discussions on questions around the themes of post-Brexit democracy, what next for Britain and our evolving relationship with Europe.
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Message from the South London Invoke Democracy Now! co-ordinators “Welcome to South London IDN – where we believe that people need to keep talking about the deep differences of opinion exposed by the referendum. We love democracy and take it seriously. We’re concerned by attempts to overturn and undermine the result of the EU referendum […]
Message from one of the Birmingham Invoke Democracy Now! co-ordinators We are organising meetings, events and ‘get togethers’ across Birmingham and the Black Country. We want to make sure that Theresa May’s government carries out the will of the people, and that means we should trigger Article 50 now. But we also want to shake […]
Website: invokedemocracyyorkshire.org Twitter: @DemocracyYorks MESSAGE FROM YORKSHIRE’S IDN CO-ORDINATOR We believe that the vote for Brexit presents us with a historic opportunity to shape our future. Whether you voted Leave or Remain, it doesn’t matter. Now is the time to seize the opportunity and positively shape our future. To build on the spirit of democracy and tackle the big issues […]
A Creative Industries Federation survey suggested that 96% of creatives favoured remaining in the EU. However, now that Article 50 has been triggered and we commence shaping post-Brexit Britain, perhaps the mood is changing? Many cultural figures continue to ask whether Brexit spells disaster for the UK’s cosmopolitan art scene; others are open to the […]