Art on the Edge: art and innovation in hard times

With Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Innovation Centre

Date: Wednesday 4 October

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Location: Innovation Centre, Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 4AP

Panel and audience discussion on artistic innovation in hard economic times comparing the 1980s to now.

London’s artists have never been defeated by hard times. Some of London’s most exciting artistic and art world innovations have come out of difficult economic circumstances.

This panel of artists and experts on innovation will discuss the economics of art in the 1980s recession and now, and consider whether artists today need to operate outside the constraints of the system in their search for new artistic ideas?

In the 60s artists applied their creativity to new areas of commercial activity such as store design, helping create the retail economy. The 80s recession forced them to work at the edge of practice, where they developed new modes of working. This confident ‘Sensation generation’ created the artist as brand, with its accompanying economic impact.

Where are the contemporary examples of the impact of artistic practice on the economy? What are the new forms of creativity being developed? Can artistic experimentation help the commercial sector discover unexpected uses for new, and old, technologies? And how we can enhance the environment for innovation in and around the arts? Please join us for this important discussion.

Speakers include:

Kate Oakley, co-author of NESTA report The Art of Innovation

JJ Charlesworth, art critic

Matt Hale, artist in Cooperative City Racing

Ben James, co-founder of Jotta, an online network for artists and designers

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