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Public Art and Rural Development

25th July 2014: 11.00am - 5.00pm

A one day seminar about new developments in the field of contemporary rural public art and rural arts and cultural funding policy is being organised by The Rural Cultural Forum, Littoral Arts Trust in partnership with Grizedale Arts. I will include short presentations by representatives from some of the leading rural public arts, rural development, and rural commmunity NGOs from Spain, Australia and the UK, including Fernando Garcia Dory (Campo Adentro, Spain), Esther Anatolitis Director Regional Arts Victoria, Australia and  Dr Richard Povall, Director of Arts Learning at Dartington, Devon. 

This event may be of interest and benefit to rural development NGOs, including RDPE/LEADER LAGs, the National Parks, National Trust, and other rural community-led social, cultural and creative economy initiatives.

In recent years the Rural Cultural Forum, the Arts Council, DEFRA/RCPU and DCMS, have all produced reports and discussion papers which in various ways advocate for a new role for the professional arts and cultural sector in support of rural regeneration, the creative rural economy and related rural community development programmes.   These include the Rural Cultural Forum's rural cultural strategy “..a radical rethinking of arts and cultural policy from new rural and agricultural perspectives." and also the Arts Council England's recent Arts and Rural Communities 'position paper'.

For more information or further details please contact [email protected]

Merz Meadow – local farmers and artists cutting hay on the meadow above Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn, Cumbria July 2011

Merz Meadow – local farmers and artists cutting hay on the meadow above Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn, Cumbria July 2011