Social Development with Art in mind, part 1

Social Development with Art in mind, part 1


Social Development with Art in Mind- Part 1 By Barnaby Wills (photograph; architectural study)   We have seen how the social climate has changed in the years that have passed and how we as human beings can understand what to do when the going gets tough. The human being when in a good frame of mind can find a new way to respond because of our willingness to learn and our willingness to not just react. The calculation ahead for us learning from the mistakes of the past must be worked out through the lens of the new, (stipulating new ways into places of study, scholarship and practical work for the young). Our unconditional concern for the next generation must be balanced with a sensible and practical approach to how our lives are being played out now. There is time taken for the educational advancement that is at store for the children of tomorrow. The artistic energy that we work with should be from an interest if not a complete fascination, and this is how the story continues. The world is not a wasteland, and the good people who are achieving great things in their particular fields of expertise will see […]

Not for Art’s Sake


Not for Art’s Sake by Mahmud Manning What is Art? What is this now enigmatic will o’ the wisp? Apart from artfulness in making, a crafty manipulation of base materials transformed, and a focus on materials and technique;   art also touches on meaning. It ultimately is a confrontation which engenders reflection and consideration. A piece of art, or a ‘work’ of art also contains another ingredient, sometimes discarded sometimes not, Beauty. This ‘Beauty’ is also enigmatic and maligned. Is it specific and ‘to one’s taste’ or can it be universal? A common call is ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ in other words, each to his own, yet it’s not enough, this seems to be a let out cause allowing people to abandon united agreement. Within Western Europe, before the rise of the merchant clans of Venice and Florence, the ‘religious’ arts were seen by today’s public and promoted as such as pictures made by painters who couldn’t quite draw! Until that is they were rescued by the renaissance. However as we look again at different ways of perception, we draw towards looking at the essence of what is portrayed not the surface aesthetic, as the likes of […]