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The future of creativity

Normally you get a light hearted version of the world here or at least an eternal optimists view point of what could be but I have been known for the odd moment of other things and this seems like the right moment for one of these moments. In my other job for jelly, the things that are happening now are saddening me and raising the questions of "value" – an economic decider on the value of creativity and the arts and with the current news of cuts in all areas, what is happening with students and opportunities saddens me even more.

It’s not just the possible rises in tuition fees but also cuts in the monies being put into education, I have friends who are lecturers in the arts and humanities. It feels like it would be a crazy idea to embark on an arts degree with the risk of huge debt, the arts hardly offer a comfortable salary at the end of it. I don’t mean to sound all gloom and doom but being an artist feels like it will shift again and become the vocation of only the people who can afford it and if that had been the case when I went to art school then I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I had or be doing what I am doing now.

We need creativity and free thinkers and risk takers and sound makers and visual stimulators and people with views that may be a little more wonky than the mainstream to make everyday seem less mundane, the question is are we are going to be able to afford to still do this or afford to lose it?


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2 Responses to The future of creativity

  1. Kate December 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    I didn’t think things would get so bad so quickly, you have put into words exactly what I feel…….and any minute now the interest rates will go up too.

  2. Nigel December 12, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    The worst part of the fees increase is the likelihood that it could put people from poorer backgrounds off. But this is in the mind, so it can be overcome. In reality fees won’t be repayable until income is above £21,000. So the task of everyone must surely be to encourage people to still go to college by helping them understand the realities, not the hype. As you say, we need risk takers – they need to start with this big one.

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