There is a list of all the reports on this site here. You can also see lists of the sessions not yet reported on here, and some pictures of the event here

This is what we talked about over the two days:
Wordle: Creation Space

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

12 Why do we need a creation centre?

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

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