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Of all the seasons, Summer is probably the one we appreciate most for being able to get close to artists, makers and performers and their work through new exhibitions, open studios and art trails, and through the festivals, concerts and performances which are so much part of Summer. We are fortunate in our region and neighbouring counties to have a wealth of practitioners in all art forms, and we are always delighted to bring you news, as we do in this issue, of their endeavours and achievements
For a number of years now we have remarked on the blurring of boundaries between different art forms, the emergence of multi-talented practitioners, and the move to versatility in modern venues. In this issue, for instance, we report on a new exhibition at the William Morris Gallery which looks back to the 1950s and 60s at Walthamstow School of Art as a period of artistic innovation when students were encouraged to experiment, and collaborate across artistic disciplines. Now, of course, we are accustomed to ‘multi-talented’ ‘multi-discipline’ and ‘multi-media’ in the arts community: indeed, we report and comment on them regularly in Venue. In this issue we report an event currently running at London’s Barbican which encompasses literature, contemporary art, film, music, comic books and video games; we have an exhibition by an American artist, whose work ranges across photography, painting and sculpture; and we have a music/restaurant collaboration, as well as a gallery/restaurant enterprise.  
So where are we likely to go from here? What is the future for the individual creatives and venues,
and for arts enterprises and initiatives? These questions have been brought sharply into focus with the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union, and with many people discussing how this might affect arts and culture, which make such a huge contribution to our national economy as well as to our quality of life and well-being.
As our national development agency for arts, museums and libraries, The Arts Council has an important part to play in keeping a high profile for arts and culture in any negotiations that affect their future. Simon Mellor, Deputy CEO of Arts and Culture, has said, ‘Our 10-year strategy – Great Art & Culture For Everyone – makes clear the value we put on international collaboration and exchange; in the talent development of individual creatives; in securing the resilience of our sector through the building of international partnership and trading relations; and in the maintenance of a world class cultural offering for audiences in England.’ The Arts Council has been consulting and researching within the creative sector ‘to inform the negotiations to leave the EU as they impact on arts and cultural organisations and individual practitioners. These negotiations are a chance to look outwards – to maintain our connections to partners in Europe but also to create new partnerships around the world.’  You can monitor the progress of their research and consultation process by visiting their website:

Fran Goss Editor
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Cover: Tangomotion with live music from Tango Siempre appearing at the King’s Lynn Festival.
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Venue directory 2017
Now online and  distrubuted throughout our region in January 2017
Venue’s Annual Directory, which was published in January 2017, is an invaluable reference source of information on the region’s practitioners, creative spaces, galleries, arts education and services for arts and crafts. It is the go-to source of information on who’s doing what, and where to find them in East Anglia and neighbouring counties. To find out more about securing your entry in next year’s publication, please contact: