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Provocation 2: Education and Talent

What do we need to do now to ensure that the future of creative talent looks bright in the UK?


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To watch the video of the debate or look at photos from the night click on the links above.


On the evening of 3rd June, the Commission held its second provocation at the Barbican Centre, London. The evening commenced with an original piece of performance art created by our artists in residence, Stan’s Cafe, specifically for this event. Sir John Sorrell, Chair of the University of the Arts London and Chair of the Creative Industries Federation, then led a panel discussion that asked: What needs to be done today to develop and support the creative makers and audiences of tomorrow?

This issue was debated by an expert panel, including Sonita Alleyne (Founder, Yes Programme), Munira Mirza (Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture of London), Deborah Bull (Dancer, writer and broadcaster; Director of Cultural Partnerships, King's College London) and Tim Boyes (Headteacher, Queensbridge School: Specialist College in Visual and Performing Arts; Chair, Birmingham Education Partnership).

Spoken word artist and poet, Amerah Saleh, will round off the provocation with a creative response to the evening’s theme.