Thursday, 14 June 2007

A Cultural Consortium for Shropshire/Telford and Wrekin

This week I was invited to a day dedicated to exploring issues and investigating the idea of having a Cultural Consortium to represent us. There was a very good presentation from Carole Hassan (Chief Exec Local Government Yorkshire and Humberside) which enthused about culture and reenforced my perception of culture being such a huge thing with competing interests. VAN struggles to represent the interests of visual artists and we have found that a huge task. We now have crafts people, photographers as well as the fine artists and patrons active in the organisation so its a broad church but we have struggled to be inclusive of all Shropshire with its different regions and needs.
The Consortium will attempt to represent the Arts, Crafts, Theatre, Sport and any other cultural activity you may think of.
Do we want one ? How should it be formed? What is its function? These are some of the questions that came up - a paper will be drawn up from outcomes from the day by SCC - look out on this blog for it - and comment!!

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