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ICON seminar

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I have just returned from the 6th Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) seminar in Dartington, with the title "Voices of the artist in society". We worked on some essential questions and issues including: are we different as "artists in society" compared with being "artists"?

My own view is that when there starts to be a difference between these two, then work loses integrity and authenticity. Compelling art and artistry come from being a connected part of society. Working from inside out (voicing our fundamental values and roots as artists), and outside in (being aware of, understanding, connecting to environments and issues), connecting these or generating powerful exchange between them is central.


The example I brought to the seminar as a source of inspiration was Caravaggio, and in particular his painting The Musicians. You can download this here. Caravaggios_chiaroscuro_.pdf

In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.