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When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework.

Douglas, Anne; Fremantle, Chris

Authors

Anne Douglas

Chris Fremantle



Abstract

Ian Hunter, in the New Rural Arts Strategy, provides us with a framework for thinking about regeneration by drawing deeply from rural culture, both its traditions as well as the challenges that are posed by social, cultural and environmental change. He proposes that artists could be key to this regeneration process. Working as an artist through the agency of Littoral, he has created the circumstances within this conference and its painstaking preparation, as well as through a long track record of work in this field, to lead a focused discussion on the development of rural cultures. Our work has also been rooted in rural cultures. In this presentation we want to pick up on two interrelated issues that Littoral ˜s work has clearly focused “ ¢ the artist working in the sphere of social, cultural and environmental change and ¢ the artist as leader But we remain concerned about the terminology of ˜industry and the focus on an urban model of regeneration. The 19th and 20th century idea of industry is framed by material profit and commodity. We would ask: Where is the discourse and criticality within this industry' and 'Should we be developing a different terminology that speak to an ethos of responsible economics? Let us turn to our research with those questions in mind. Within our current research, we are specifically concerned with exploring the issues of artists working directly with other sectors in society. We might summarise our understanding at this point as follows: ¢ Artists are increasingly interested in creating the conditions in which the challenges, desires and tensions of changing social, environmental and cultural circumstances become exposed or revealed. ¢ By immersing ourselves in or inhabiting these ˜created conditions for a while (within artistic processes and projects as discrete experiences), we have the means as individuals to gain a heightened awareness of the circumstances of our particular lives. ¢ In leading, the artist does not set out in the first instance to solve problems.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Sep 10, 2006
Publication Date Dec 31, 2006
Institution Citation DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2006. When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework. Presented at the Creative rural industries conference: the arts and rural regeneration, 10-13 September 2006, Lancaster, UK.
Keywords Artist; Leader; Rural economy

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