Published: 1st Oct 2009

Dream not small dreams, Gordon Brown told the party faithful in his conference speech this week. He might have wanted to expand his point a bit with his business secretary, Lord Mandelson. Lord Mandelson’s agenda – and it’s a laudable one – is to get Britain out of recession, create new jobs and save businesses. But there are different ways of doing that. And a narrow focus on jobs and business could undermine some of the longer term thinking about regeneration and placemaking that’s been developed over the last decade. Those tensions were brought into sharp focus at the start of the Yorkshire Expedition, a cultural tour of Yorkshire designed to inform thinking about strategies for the visual arts. Jan Anderson, executive director for environment at Yorkshire Forward, explained the difficulties of arguing for investment in arts and creativity in the current climate. Whitehall, she said, wants proof that any … (To read the full article, subscribe below)