So where do we go from here now that 2010 looks like its going to be one of the toughest years in recent times? In the art sector there seems to be relief. Cuts weren’t as bad as people feared and The National Campaign For The Arts is taking credit for it. Fair enough I say, take the credit but to what end? We still have the same systemic problem. Yes, ’Arts Workers’ will continue in their jobs but what will change. Nothing. Mediocre work will continue to be state funded while the making of art will take the same back seat as it has done for the last 15 – 20 years. We need change. We need an altogether new approach. It simply isn’t good enough to accept the machinations of the arts funding system that is currently in place. We need to look at ourselves; what we do, how we do it, why we do it, what we do it for?
We are standing at the edge, at a time when seismic events, moments can change the landscape of our practice and everything around us. It is our decision to make. The next moment is key, is clear – we have a choice; change the future by taking a chance, a jump or close our minds, turn back and continue on as if nothing has changed. I for one want to step over, fly, take the chance that may not come again in my lifetime. For those that turn their backs on new possibilities a wasted opportunity will be gone forever.
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