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Welcome to How do we support the arts in Preston?


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We asked this rather open question at the second Preston Tweetup, held on Monday 27th July 2009 at the New Continental in Preston. Hosted by Blog Preston and They Eat Culture.


It brought together people from the arts, and the world of web, and other walks of life, to share their ideas and feelings about the arts in Preston.


Here's what we came up with:


The arts needs to be considered on the same level as sport and receive the same kind of attention and funding


There was praise for the idea of putting art installations into the empty shop fronts that are appearing on Preston's high street


There were various attempts to define what art is, and a good definition came from one tweeter: Art is anything that involves creative though or creates a emotional response in the observer


The definition of art also included new forms, so is web design and coding art? There was general agreement that it is and that coding today is like weaving in the 18th century.


There were questions about whether people want to support the arts. Is there an assumption that people do want art and the arts should be supported?


The music scene in Preston is scene as a plus point for the arts, lots of bands, lots of venues and lots of events happening. However, Preston hasn't produced that many 'big acts' and so lacks that special buzz.


There was much discussion over how the arts could be better promoted. Could we have a loyalty based system? If you attend six arts events, do you get the seventh free? But who would subsidise it?


The talk of promotion turned onto how it was difficult to find out about all the arts stuff that was happening in Preston, very few people had heard of the Preston Tringe Festival for example. Ideas bounced around but centred on web promotion, could there be one website with all the events happening in Preston - not like Visit Preston's 'events database' for tourists, but for people that live here. It was key to have a way for people to upload their own events to the central hub.


There was a general feeling that tourism information etc didn't do enough to promote arts events, and were too eager to point people off to other destinations around Preston - rather than promote Preston itself.


Some of the art installations that have happened recently, for example the art installations on Plungington Road/Brook Street were criticised for being shoddy and people felt there wasn't the inspiration or spark that other art installations had.


Many felt the Guild Hall/Charter Theatre could provide more, rather than just the Tweenies live. Felt that the Guild Hall tried hard to attract people from outside Preston, rather than within Preston itself.


An idea came about to have films projected onto the side of the bus station and to have more interactive art around Preston, especially making use of the Flag Market and having exciting arts installations ready for Preston Guild in 2012.


Felt that more could be made of Preston's arts success stories, Nick Park etc and that they should be more involved in helping to build the arts scene in Preston.


You can see the original tweets for a while at #prestontweetup


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