Everyone has an opinion, but only mine is right
Issues of inclusion, diversity and difference can often become intense, fractured and difficult. This session explored how to remain in dialogue with those who hold different opinions to our own and how to work positively from multiple viewpoints simultaneously. This report summarises the conclusions reached during the session on what we can learn from situations of disagreement, what language to use when speaking on topics of diversity and how to acknowledge our own privileged position.
Everyday creators: friends or foes?
What makes an artist an artist? This panel discussion and interactive open forum explored whether it is possible to awaken more people to the arts and empower potential artists by supporting everyday creativity. This report highlights some voices reinforcing the urge to open up the art world for those who were not privileged to be part of it and to foster everyday creativity – because this will enrich the society and the arts as well.
If funders really wanted to support artists, what could they do?
There is constant criticism of bodies who fund art. Artists often feel that they are speaking a different language to funders. This report features some concrete ideas on how funding systems could be better aligned with artists' needs.
Cultural democracy in practice
The cultural democracy notion stemmed from the belief that many cultural traditions coexist and none should dominate over the others as the “official” or “high” culture. Another premise of cultural democracy is that everyone should be free to participate in cultural life. The speakers of this session presented several projects to explore how cultural spaces can better embody democratic processes and welcome diversity.