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Wilson and Gross: Live at the Barbican

Caring for Cultural Freedom

CMCI’s Dr Nick Wilson and Dr Jonathan Gross continue to spread the word about their Towards Cultural Democracy project and report –this time with a presentation on a newly commissioned piece of research to some 150 people at London’s Barbican Centre.

Commissioned by A New Direction (AND), the London creative and cultural education agency, the new report explores how cultural learning happens and how it can best be supported. The research focuses on young people within the London Borough of Harrow, and shows how issues related to space, place and mobility, relationships and institutions, knowledge production and cultural agency impact on their learning.

Noting young people’s particular interest in spaces that support ‘creativity’ and ‘freedom’, Nick and Jonathan highlight the need for ‘supported autonomy’, and suggest that people’s cultural learning is characterised by the principles of care (including attentiveness, responsibility, competence and responsiveness).

A New Direction will be hosting a further event on Cultural Democracy & Cultural Freedom as part of its ‘Big Change’ series, on November 23rd.

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