Thanks to a number of you who have forwarded Size Matters, the recent position paper from the UK arts consortium, Common Practice. Well worth a read if you have the chance, as it speaks to the role and importance of small to mid-sized artist run spaces.
From the Common Practice website:
“Size Matters: Notes towards a Better Understanding of the Value, Operation and Potential of Small Visual Arts Organisations is written by Sarah Thelwall,commissioned by Common Practice, London with support from Arts Council England.The paper seeks to articulate the value of small visual arts organisations within the wider arts ecology. The paper explores the significant potential these organisations have in the present cultural landscape and economy,also detailing the operational and investment challenges they face in realising this. Finally, it advocates a reconsideration of present assessment and investment practices.Published in July 2011, this paper will be presented in a variety of forums to stimulate discussion around its core questions, the urgency of which has increased in recent months. If you are interested in learning more about this work, please visit www.commonpractice.org.uk or email Common Practice members via firstname.lastname@example.org.”
A copy of the pdf version of the position paper can be read here.