From the sublime to the ridiculous: can we measure the value of the arts?
Why do we value art? For Hegel, its value was as an expression of truth, beauty and the sensuousness of the human spirit. But any aesthetic definition, based on a conception of artistic excellence, raises the further question of what artistic excellence is. Is it possible to apply more objective measures of value to the arts? This is a pressing question at a time when the arts face potentially severe budget cuts. Read more...
This debate is in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society
and the Institute of Ideas
Debate SpeakersDr Tiffany Jenkins
arts and society director, Institute of Ideas; sociologist; cultural commentator; author, Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: the crisis of cultural authority.
(Chair) co-director, NY Salon; co-founder, London's Truman Brewery and Vibe Bar; member, London Regional Council, Arts Council England.
Graham Sheffield CBE
director, arts, British Council and former RPS Chairman.
Dr Paul Thompson
rector and vice-provost, Royal College of Art.
discipline leader, physiology, Brighton and Sussex Medical School; author, You Are What You Hear.