Flourishing: Art, Participation and the World to Come


How can we flourish?

We have come to understand both art education and creativity as forms of industry; as the means by which to generate trained individuals and monetisable artefacts. It is a technocratic approach that understands value in narrow measurable terms that are ranked by metrics employed to determine relative success or failure. But people are diverse and, in contrast to the sleek machinery of industry, messy beings many of whose abiding qualities lie beyond the scope of mathematical measurement or monetisation. In times of rapidly accelerating change, these are qualities that become not simply desirable, but essential for survival. The industrial metaphor is increasingly, and dangerously, out of step with the urgent needs of the times in which we find ourselves.

On 23 October 2018, Alasdair Foster convened a conference to discuss these pressing issues. The conference was hosted by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in the University of Dundee with support from the Leverhulme Trust. In this video you can hear the keynote with which he introduced the event. You can view all of the presentations by following the link at the end of the video.

Duration 17 minutes

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