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What future for the arts?

7:00pm, Tuesday 20 June 2017, Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

In this third debate in the series Democracy and the Arts in Europe, a panel of speakers debate the challenges and opportunities for the arts as Britain leaves the EU.

A year on from the referendum which decided that Britain will leave the EU, and as the Brexit process gets under way, what do the arts in the UK stand to gain or lose? How can the arts flourish as Britain repositions itself in the world?

While many in the creative sector remain pessimistic about the consequences of leaving the EU, others, like Grayson Perry, are prepared to see the opportunities to challenge the ‘same old comfortable ideas’ and, in doing so, ‘reach new audiences’. Both the Creative Industries Federation and the Arts Council recognize the need to operate ‘outside our comfort zone’. The government has identified the creative sector a priority in its new industrial strategy. The upheaval caused by Brexit might see a burst of new artistic creativity.

As we commence shaping post-Brexit Britain, the third in this series of public debates explores the fundamental issues affecting the future of the arts. What new narratives are emerging for artists internationally? What are the main obstacles to creative development and how do we overcome them? What will free the creative energies of artists? What are the issues we need to address as the debate about the future of the arts in Britain continues?

This event is jointly produced and hosted by Rich Mix, the IoI Arts & Society Forum and New Narratives.


James Heartfield
political historian; author of several books, including The European Union and the End of Politics (2013)

Judith Knight
founding director, Artsadmin

Stefano Rabolli Pansera
Italian architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and curator; founding director, Beyond Entropy Ltd

Vicky Richardson
writer, curator and consultant; former director of architecture, design and fashion, British Council

Pauline Hadaway
former director, Belfast Exposed photography gallery; co-founder, Liverpool Salon