Interesting synergy of tweets there.

@Artsthink “How can we support artists even better and sustain the extraordinary arts we have?” #achievinggreatartforeveryone

@hannahnicklin  “Would you really believe that in an era of tick boxes & statistics previous governments had just thrown money at the arts without justification?”

The arts in the UK is a bit like the sciences – there are some extremely erudite, educated and interesting thinkers out there who create work for the ‘illumined’. There are also passionate and committed eccentrics who can only speak through that which they create.There are those who are a bit of both.

We artists are constantly experimenting and exploring. We are interested in process, and what results from that process may or may not have ‘value’ to the wider public, and those who experience those results may become more interested in the process, and get more ‘value’, or they may choose not to. They may even participate in the process or emulate it. That is a result.

However, to support the arts, you must support the process and not expect a result or a product. This is to me a very important distinction. Find the process that excites you and support it. If you have money, support it financially, if not, with enthusiasm. Don’t measure the results. It’s not about that. In the end, after 50-100 years, there may be something to measure, but not when the process is happening. The most fundamental question is, am I interested in this? Does this speak to my passions and my aesthetics? If it does, pay attention and hand over the cash.


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