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State of the Arts

  • Date: 25 January 2010
  • Artform: None
  • Area: National
State of the Arts, 2009. State of the Arts, 2009., Photo: Simon Rawles

The State of the Arts conference, which we organised in partnership with the RSA, brought together a wide range of creative voices to debate the value and purpose of the arts at a time of significant change.

Over 500 leading artists, entrepreneurs, cultural leaders and policy makers met at the Riverside Plaza on 14 January 2010 to discuss the future of the arts in England.

The conference featured keynote speeches from Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Ben Bradshaw MP, Shadow Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt MP, Chair of Arts Council England Liz Forgan and RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor.

It examined current and future challenges and opportunities around domestic arts policy, strategy and funding and Britain's position within the global cultural landscape.

Videos and transcripts

Video: 21st century culture - Making art matter in the 21st century

Speakers: Jeremy Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
In conversation with: Dame Liz Forgan DBE, Chair, Arts Council England

Transcript of Jeremy Hunt's speech (PDF)

Video: 21st century settlement for arts and culture
Speakers: Ben Bradshaw MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports; Dame Liz Forgan DBE, Chair, Arts Council England
In conversation with: Matthew Taylor, Chief executive, RSA

Transcript of Ben Bradshaw's speech (PDF)