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Are the arts leading or following public taste? In a bid to reach new audiences, theatre is increasingly moving off the stage, the visual arts are coming out of the gallery, and poetry readings are leaving the bookshop. But is art for the people always bad art?
Helen Marriage is co-director of the creative company Artichoke which works with artists to take over public spaces, producing festivals including Lumiere in Durham and Derry in 2013, the 2012 Olympic coastal project, Peace Camp, and legendary The Sultan’s Elephant seen in London in 2006. BALTIC director Godfrey Worsdale was also the founding director of MIMA, Middlesborough’s Institute of Modern Art.
Critic Sarah Kent was the visual arts editor of Time Out magazine in London for 30 years and a former Director of Exhibitions at the ICA. She now writes for theartsdesk.com.
The artist Wolfgang Weileder will also join the discussion. Professor of Contemporary Sculpture at Newcastle University, his most recent works are on show at the Northumberland National Trust property Cragside – “Electric Movement In Air and Water” places sailing dinghies with specially printed sails referring to Lord Armstrong’s electrical experiments on one of the lakes. In December he will be showing Atlas at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
Unfortunately the previously advertised Christine Borland is unable to return from a research trip to Korea in time for Free Thinking.
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BBC Radio 3’s festival of ideas returns to Sage Gateshead on 25, 26 and 27 October for a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance. This year’s festival theme is “Who’s In Control?” Do workers or their bosses suffer most stress? Has twitter...