A World Without Creativity?
I’m deeply concerned, disappointed and angered by recent news coverage discussing Government proposals to exclude Arts subjects from the UK education system for the under 16s. Apparently the revised structure/performance measures will exclude Art, Design, Music and Drama. WHAT???!!!!! This is ludicrous!! Admittedly this is a biased point of view because I consider myself a ‘creative’ and I just so happen to be proud of the fact that I’m naturally artistic.
I can count on one hand the number of people I know who are naturally gifted in the realm of Art and Design. Surely we should be encouraging, embracing and promoting creative individuals and their industry? The world is an evolving entity that is occupied with individuals that simply cannot be pigeon-holed into purely ‘academic’ subjects. Expression; whether it’s via a canvas, a photograph, a dramatisation, an inspirational space or an emotive piece of music, is vital to the development of a multi-layered, thought provoking and three dimensional existence. We’re constantly surrounded by the achievements of gifted creative individuals on a daily basis; billboard advertisements, magazines, TV & Film, product design, popular music, architecture… and the list goes on.
We NEED the visual and emotional stimulus that the Arts and creative industry provides as functional, all-seeing and all-hearing individuals. Never mind the positive and therapeutic influence of Art and Design; for both the creator and recipient, which has been well documented and researched.
Academic subjects are important; there’s no denying that but the world isn’t just made up of numbers, equations, words and algorithms. It includes individuals that communicate using a completely different set of rules; why should they be silenced?
This post is void of any creative element. Intentionally.