Published: 5th Oct 2009

Our tour of Yorkshire last week covered 350 miles of road, seven locations, more than 20 speakers and countless exchanges of opinions and information. We started with a discussion of how to ensure quality and long-term thinking in an economic climate where short-term results were considered paramount; considered the context of rural areas and Yorkshire’s tourism strategy; debated the role of the artist in regeneration; and examined the impact of the arts on architecture in Hull, city centre development in Sheffield, and the creation of the new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. Other questions forced their way in, too. Where in all this is the space for social justice? What about ordinary people? How, for instance, could the Hepworth Gallery become accessible to black and minority communities? Will its café sell South Asian food as part of its ‘Yorkshire’ identity? One of the people on our charabanc was Alison Drake, famous … (To read the full article, subscribe below)