The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Art and politics
Entirely unbeknownst to me (I'm terribly out of date with happenings in my home town), the (once feted) Ipswich Art School building has reopened as a gallery of contemporary art with a loan from the Saatchi Gallery. Which is a really good thing. But something in this report from the BBC particularly struck me: the Councillor's comment that 'There's very little public money going into this' - as if spending on cultural projects = political death. Leaving personal ideologies aside, I somehow can't imagine the same sort of attitude under the former Labour-run Council. In the light of Jenny's last post, is this rather throw-away comment more significant that it, at first, appears? A likely sign of things to come?