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Oct 15, 2021
Oli Mould on the changing narratives of creativity

The value of creativity is often defined within the boundaries of capitalist frameworks – in terms of what it adds to the market or its financial worth. But could COVID-19 change those accepted norms? Canvas8 spoke to human geography professor Oli Mould about the power of creativity.

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When the 2021 Turner Prize shortlist was announced, there was a notable difference about the nominees compared to years past. Instead of lauding the achievements of individual artists, five art collectives were thrust into the spotlight. A group that runs raves for gay, transgender, and queer people of colour, an association for artists with neurological conditions, and a Welsh group that aims to bring art to the doors of poor households in Cardiff are among those in the running for the £25,000 award. “The jurors took the opportunity to think about art practices that are long-term and about a locality rather than art that can be moved,” said Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain and chair of the prize’s judges, to The New York Times, adding that the judges found themselves drawn to politically and socially engaged art that represented minority groups. [1]