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Understanding the value of the arts

The common misconception around art is that its value is reserved entirely for the wealthy and elite. This because, over the years, there has been a stronger emphasis on the intrinsic value of art that is consumed by few in private spaces, making it exclusive and out of reach for ordinary individuals to enjoy and even relate to. But art, when made accessible and located in the broader context of public culture, also has an instrumental value in that it has the potential to stimulate broad growth.

Good leadership should be part of our culture

As we enter a new year, it is important to think about leadership and how it, depending on its effectiveness, steers us towards growth, development and the fulfilment of our goals not only as organisations, but as individuals.

Cultural diplomacy: The power to change

While the term ‘cultural diplomacy’ has only recently been established, there is evidence of its practice throughout history. Explorers, travellers, traders, teachers and artists can all be considered examples of early cultural diplomats. The National Arts Council (NAC) believes that in our current social, cultural and economic context, it is important to formalise cultural diplomacy and ensure that it is embedded with a strong and clear strategy.

Being business savvy doesn’t mean ‘selling out’

In navigating an arts and culture landscape characterised by exclusion and privilege, emerging South African artists need to acknowledge that developing entrepreneurial skills and positioning themselves as economic players is as integral to their practice as making art, writes Julie Diphofa

Know thyself this Heritage Month

Often when engaging in matters relating to the creative fields, we mention the phrase “arts, culture and heritage (ACH)” without paying much attention to the “heritage” part of the phrase.

Art as collision

Despite being more connected than we ever have been, today’s world is, arguably, more fragmented than it has been since we entered the era of the global village. We can track the shift: think Brexit, Trump and the raising of imaginary walls in what seems like a regression to Cold War-era isolationism.