The Arts & Society Forum was established in 2011 and meets every 4-8 weeks, about 6 times a year, to discuss issues and controversies relating to the state of the arts today. Have the arts lost sight of the importance of making judgements about good and bad? Are all arts equal or are some arts better at expressing the human condition than others? Is the arts establishment elitist? Should the arts be more accessible? Should they be used to serve social and economic purposes?
We like to get under the skin of contemporary relativism, and test various philosophical perspectives. Each discussion starts with an introduction from an invited speaker, followed by informal (and sometimes heated) discussion.
Topics discussed recently include futurism and innovation, radical theatre, performance art, film as art or entertainment, poetry and politics, graphic novels as literature, the future of classical music, reading and writers. If you would like to check us out and join the discussion, check our Facebook page or join the mailing list by getting in touch with Wendy Earle.
Meeting attendance is usually free. Any charge is just to cover the cost of the room if necessary.