Convener: Karen Poley
Participants: Jean Marie Akkerman, Anna Harding, Jon Linstrum
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
Both positive and negative aspects to this issue
• development of sector
• enabling the creation of larger scale work
• higher profile for the sector
• regeneration potential, working within areas of deprivation
• educational potential, community interaction
• huge costs
• Do artists actually need a ‘world class’ facility when there are loads of existing spaces which are already used as creation centres – especially in the visual arts sector.
• Develop the ‘virtual’ concept of using temporary spaces and bringing in the equipment or whatever’s needed for specific projects.
• Can the sector support the creation of large-scale work? No. There’s no market or budgets. You can’t fundraise from ACE to present this work, only to commission so a few artists who’ve been encouraged to create large scale work, have been ‘burned’ – unable to get any more gigs despite their investment (Strangelings, World Famous etc).
• Many artists who have been working outdoors creating great work for years are still unable to pay themselves properly
• Outdoor arts are generally free to the public, as such they will always need to be funded. Public funding will have to be ongoing – dependence on commercial activity seems likely to push out the work it will have been created to produce in the first place.
• Focus on the creative, not the centre