This year's State of the Arts conference asked for feedback from the inaugural conference held last year. As a result of this feedback - the conference is being run more interactively than the 2010 event. We are using a table discussion in the opening keynote session and using social media to generate questions both prior to the event and on the day.

This year we are also sharing with attendees four provocations which have been prepared in advance of the conference and which will hopefully inform some of the debates to be had on the day.

Click on the links to read each provocation.

Arts Funding, Austerity and the Big Society by John Knell and Matthew Taylor
The report calls for more precise definitions of artistic excellence; new approaches to engagement; and a better account of the relationship between artistic participation and individual and social outcomes. The arts sector also urgently needs to strengthen its funding case - otherwise, it will be ill prepared to fight its corner during the tough fiscal decade ahead.

Collaborative arts by Peter Aspden
This provocation explores how the complementary nature of arts bodies' activities could be harnessed to produce a genuinely collaborative atmosphere; one that will steer through forthcoming financial hardship, and perhaps produce a new creative synergy.

Rethinking Cultural Philanthropy by Diane Ragsdale
This provocation examines how the internet can help raise funds for arts projects, increase transparency and ensure a broader representation of community interests on the governing boards of arts institutions.

Look Out... Look In by Moukhtar Kocache
This provocation suggests that the arts are out of kilter with an increasingly interdisciplinary and connected world. What is needed on both sides of the Atlantic is a new social contract for the arts in which the artistic community embraces itself within new models of creative production and artistic activity.

Arts Funding, Austerity and the Big Society - Remaking the case for the arts

Download Arts Funding, Austerity and the Big Society pamphlet (PDF, 229KB)

Collaborative arts

Download Collaborative arts provocation (PDF, 58KB)


Rethinking Cultural Philanthropy - Towards a more sustainable arts and culture sector

Download Rethinking Cultural Philanthropy provocation (PDF, 86KB)

Look Out... Look In

Download Look Out... Look In provocation (PDF, 73KB)