Arts Council England, in partnership with Festivals Edinburgh, is hosting a Talent Development Symposium to explore how to identify artistic talent and create the ideal environment for the creation of great art. This is an industry gathering taking place over the mornings of August 18th and 19th 2011 in Edinburgh with 100 invited artists, producers and funders. The symposium will discuss the issues involved in identifying talent and supporting artists to develop their practice; whether they are at the beginning or a more mature stage of their career. The Arts Council and Festivals Edinburgh would like to encourage the arts community to share their experiences and views, and to explore how their own organisations or artistic communities can contribute to the development of Britain’s artists.
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You can listen to this keynote using the audioboo player above. Click on "read more" below for the full transcript. We need to restore the role of craftsmanship in making. A play is wrought, not written. We need to support the development of what Richard Sennett calls the engaged material consciousness. I’d like to see, and work within, research and development structures that deliberately broach the boundaries between art and craft. This way of thinking is exemplified in the work at Dovecot Studios, and it rejects the division that developed during the Renaissance, when originality began to be favoured over truth to materials, and the pleasure and humility of making things well for their own sake. The rise of the artist over the craftsman separated the artist from the community, separated the individual from the craft of citizenship, and I believe that the development of talent at every level must involve reconnecting the artist with community, with the process of apprenticeship and the knowledge that resides in elders, artisans and communities of practice everywhere. read more
Live blog archive from Day One of the Talent Development Symposium 2011 ACE/FE – Talent Development Symposium 2011 read more
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