Old Fire Station Blog

News, happenings and goings on from the Old Fire Station, Oxford

ART & MONEY – where’s the CHANGE?

People at chart

On 16th April 2015, artists, cultural organisations, funders, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at the Old Fire Station to debate.

The meeting was part of Marmalade at the Old Fire Station which took place over five days, featuring 76 events and over 1,600 attendances.

Our question was this:

Art needs to be more inclusive, more commercial and have more social impact.
With less money. 

So how does that work?

Jeremy Spafford, Director of Arts at the Old Fire Station, gave the venue’s perspective. Bryony Kimmings – the artist famous for Fake It ‘Til You Make It and Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model and also responsible for kickstarting I’ll Show You Mine with her blog about money – presented the artist’s perspective. Sir Peter Bazalgette – chair of Arts Council England – offered the funder’s perspective.

Intrigued? Read our report of what happened on the day, and some of the conclusions we drew:

We’re keeping up the debate by sharing interesting articles on Twitter and Facebook under the #ARTandMONEY hashtag – please do join in and let us know if you see something we should be talking about.

Together, we can think of new and innovative ways for the sector to think about art & money. If you’ve been inspired to do something differently because of the conference, let us know: send us a message, tweet us, or write a post for us here on the blog.

We’d love to hear from you about how you’re changing the art world.


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