Posted by: okathleen | May 20, 2008


 Caroline has been in touch from the Museum. She wants to meet next week to discuss how to implement the suggestions for my work placement. The article below from the Arts Council provides food for thought and possible options for a strategy. I’m really enthusiastic about this project. Observing the observers; what it will reveal, paths it might lead down; measuring emotion and how to articulate these thoughts and reactions.

Interesting piece in The Guardian today about music in a minor key sounding sad. Is this because we are culturally conditioned to think this way? Art is evocative and effects different people in different ways, the article below touches on the future of the arts and how the next generation will have to be tempted by participation, and immersion in the creation process. How many young people create images and text digitally will mean the phasing out of static images in the future?
“If one accepts the need for arts organisations to be genuinely committed to user engagement and participation, it would be perverse if this did not lead to a more concerted effort to measure their impact, and user satisfaction, through a public value approach. Crucially, uncoupled from crude instrumentalism, and short-term assessments driven by funding round , this approach might actually allow us to get closer to a real, diverse understanding of what the arts ‘do to people, and what people can ‘do’ to the arts'[2]”
[1]S Selwood (2006.51) ‘Unreliable evidence’ in M. Mirza (ed) (2006) Culture Vultures. Is UK arts policy damaging the arts? Policy Exchange
[2]E Belfiore (2006.36) The social impacts of the arts – myth or reality? in M Mirza (ed) (2006) Culture Vultures. Is UK arts policy damaging the arts? Policy Exchange

Found at:

‘Perhaps it should always (rather than occasionally) be the case that someone leaving an arts event or experience has the opportunity to record and leave his / her opinion. Maybe artists and arts organisations could make more use of focus groups and consumer councils, audience reviews and ratings as part of their ongoing self-assessment… Most importantly, the arts community needs to use the web as a place for open discussion about their work with and amongst their public.'[1]

[1] Peter Hewitt (2005.18) Changing Places, Arts Council England

Clive suggested using a weblog for the Salford community to interact with the Gallery and Museum.



  1. What I really think you should explore is the use of social media in arts practice/management.
    Have a look at Beth Kantor’s work and the social network around her. I think you could find some very good ideas there. Her blog is:

  2. Hi Clive, looked at the website, interesting, and an online manual taking you through steps of how to interact with arts audiences… Thanks

  3. Hope you don’t mind me ‘interfering’ but I’ve just been reading through your preliminary thoughts and they are really interesting!
    The stuff you’ve written about the Turner prize and modern art and all its controversies, plus your interest in audience reponse, brings to mind the recent talks about art being given a meaning by the wall plaque next to it. Is the true meaning in that wall plaque? Is there a true meaning? Whose meaning is it on the wall plaque and why does this have more clout than another? Does a curator’s meaning have more influence than a public meaning? etc. You get my drift.
    One such article that I read was
    I suggest you sign up to the Arts Professional e-mail newsletter – there is a regular commentary within it discussing the week’s/month’s art news, with links to articles from various newspapers.
    Some are not relevant, some may be really useful to you.
    Hope you’re well!

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