Our Ansel is getting to be a dab hand [or is it mouth] at this public speaking malarkey. UpRise were invited to part of the ‘Art Against Cuts’ panel at this years Progressive London. His esteemed panellists included Bonnie Greer, Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, Helen Gardener and Cllr Tulip Sidiq , who all said their bit about the recent cuts to the sector.
Ansel’s talk focussed on the need to rethink the definition and value of creativity, its outcomes and how to go about successfully engaging the wider society so they in turn become vocal advocates for the arts. Bonnie Greer was also in agreement, pointing out that the arts need to be able to measure the ‘outcomes’ in this new economy.
Interestingly enough there were many parallels to our last The Wide Awake Club: Staying Relevant in Changing Times, where we spoke about models that can demonstrate their impact in a digestible fashion.
Other speakers throughout the day included the organisations front man, Ken Livingston, Diane Abbott and the formidable Mendi Hasan from the New Statesman.