Anyone can do art – so why fund the Arts?

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How can art maintain its value as it becomes increasingly commodified? Frances An explores why public funding is still essential.

'Critical thinking', 'self-reflection' – these buzzwords infect job adverts and all levels of academic syllabi. However, critical thinking's mother, Philosophy (specifically the concept of Socratic dialogue), is often listed among top five degrees that will leave you unemployed at its conclusion. Organisations in the Arts and Literature, disciplines that provide mirrors the social and psychological world, have received countless economic cuts. Now, government responses to COVID-19 threaten the arts sector’s annihilation (see the following articles on Carriagework’s voluntary administration and unemployment rates in the creative sector). Creative practitioners are right to ask: why, especially during a time when people are turning to arts and literature for solace, is the government cutting funding to the arts sector and placing practitioners out of work?

Frances An

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