When I think about the arts sector I am reminded that we, for so much of the time, are one big echo chamber. Too often we’re discussing diversity in relations to the time and space within which we operate – taking the conversations from where we are as a sector rather than where we are as a wider society. I for one don’t want to engage in that any more.
If we continue picking up the conversation where the majority left off then we will continue to be behind – chasing our tail each time a new dimension or conversation arises. I want to be a part of something that is relevant for me now and for young people entering the space tomorrow.
The arts sector can be much like a room with no windows and I think that is a big contributor to where the conversation is. We’re spending too much time looking inwards. Occasionally we go outside and gather information but then we bring it back in to a windowless space. We need to be in a glasshouse – constantly feeding and learning from the world around us, not just the conversation within.
Maybe I’ve become impatient or bored of the conversation, I’m not sure, but right now I don’t feel like I have time to talk about where we are or where we should have been 20 years ago. My focus has to be one where we want to be tomorrow.