Andrea Phillips - Public Assets Conference
Andrea Phillips, Reader in Fine Art and Director of PhD programmes in Goldsmiths' Art Department, introduces the conference - 'Public Assets: small-scale arts organisations and the production of value'.
In the context of widespread entrepreneurialism in the cultural environment today, Andrea introduces the incongruity of the operations of cultural organisations; as bodies that support radical thinking but operate wholly within the market it seeks to question. Though this acknowledgement the conference calls for a return to the language of autonomy, creativity, cultural wealth, public participation and engagement - a language that has been repurposed for financial gain - and in that reassert their activities as public assets and not as spaces that configure art as just another asset class.
Common Practice and Andrea Phillips present Public Assets: small-scale arts organisations and the production of value, a one-day conference at Central Saint Martins to discuss the ways in which small-scale arts organisations produce artistic value beyond measurability and quantification, provide spaces for public experience extra to the market, and in so doing contribute importantly to cultural wealth. In this way, small-scale arts organisations provide ample evidence of the necessity to build rather than diminish state funding for the arts as a core public asset.
Speakers including Jesús Carrillo, Kodwo Eshun, Charlotte Higgins, Maria Lind, Andrea Phillips and Lise Soskolne address the ways in which it is possible to assert a non-financialised ethos within the current funding landscape of the arts, and examine national and international practices that are successfully working within the new funding conditions.
Common Practice, London is an advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector. The group’s founding members are Afterall, Chisenhale Gallery, Electra, Gasworks, LUX, Matt’s Gallery, Mute Publishing, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.
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