Cultural Diplomacy or Creative Enterprise: a Definition of Terms

For the past few years I have been privileged to be invited each July to give a lecture on this topic to the MA students in arts administration at Boston University as part of their London Summer School. There is a lot of sloppy definition about around these four terms and I have used these annual sorties to gradually hone my ideas. This presentation dates from July 2016. Continue reading “Cultural Diplomacy or Creative Enterprise: a Definition of Terms”

Creativity and Leadership

This participatory article is from a presentation I was asked to make as agent provocateur at Factorial in October 2014, a meeting of artists and city administrators concerning what to do about the eight dysfunctional art factories in the City of Barcelona.

Content: Creativity, Culture & Community

I am here hopefully to provide some context rather than resolution to your debate. It is important for us to have time for discussion so I am going to throw out a few broad responses that I hope we can expand on later: Continue reading “Creativity and Leadership”

From Imprecision to Uncertainty

“Wanting and not wanting the same thing at the same time is a baseline condition of human consciousness.”
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I spent a fascinating half-day recently with Andy Moyler who, during an incredibly wide-ranging chat, gave me some feedback on my blog suite The Benefits of Imprecision. “What did I mean by the word imprecision?” he said.

Boom. Straight to the heart of it. Continue reading “From Imprecision to Uncertainty”

The Significance of Heritage

Text of a five-minute response I was asked to make at the South-Central Regional conference of the RSA on Heritage, Southampton in June 11th 2016. Like a lot of my contributions it took the form of a provocation designed to promote some lateral thinking about the comforts of the subject. As is also usual there is a lot of recycled material in here too, so some of it might seem familiar.  Continue reading “The Significance of Heritage”

20th Century Art and Chichester Cathedral

The extraordinary body of works of modern art and design commissioned and held by the Cathedral in Chichester since the latter half of the twentieth century now forms a group of exceptional interest and significance among English cathedrals, giving Chichester a leading position as a patron of late C20 creative work by artists of the first rank. In the following listings these artists are mentioned in bold and the Cathedral dignitary concerned is underlined.  Continue reading “20th Century Art and Chichester Cathedral”

Chichester’s 20th Century Buildings

A walking tour around the city of the architectural and public art heritage. With grateful thanks to my colleague Nevil Hopkins.

The 20th Century did not exactly contribute a wealth of landmark buildings to Chichester and it reflected the work of even fewer big-name architects. Continue reading “Chichester’s 20th Century Buildings”