It’s Only Words (and words are all I have)

On Thursday 7 April, Arts Professional published my feature article on our use of language in the arts.

You can read it here.

During my time as a Clore Fellow 2013-2015, I had become increasingly uncomfortable with certain phrases and terms, including ‘diversity’, ‘cultural offer’ and even ‘creativity’. I began to feel that unless we challenged ourselves to improve our language, we would never make the progress we hoped for in the areas and ideas to which our words referred.

So I turned my frustration into… a stream of words. The irony was not lost on me! The article was written as a provocation, rather than a definitive contribution, and I’d welcome comments if you see things differently (or even perhaps agree with me).


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